_I_ don’t understand why anyone feels justified in labeling the voicing of valid complaints against an increasingly abusive and corrupt system that forces the group of people it oppresses into making drastic choices out of desperate self-preservation as ‘whining’.
These confessions that keep marginalizing and generalizing Anders’ character in utterly hyperbolic and misperceptive ways and deliberately ignore blatant gameplay and story segregation or game/storytelling mechanics and try to apply every single thing that happens in game literally really just grind the hell out of my gears.
You don’t have to like the character. If you don’t like him, you don’t. He’s not a saint. He makes bad decisions and questionable choices. He’s abrasive, and sometimes outright rude. He can be petty and jealous. He’s not out to make friends, he’s fighting for a cause, and he proselytizes a lot. But stop being deliberately obtuse and misrepresenting what actually happens.
Every mage is not a blood mage. From an in-world perspective, we’re only seeing a limited part of reality. It may seem like a disproportionate number of blood mages because times are getting desperate, or because that’s what Hawke has experienced in his/her limited point of view. We’re told several times in the game itself that this is a recent development. Then, from an outside perspective, the game’s developers, including David Gaider, have said that the overwhelming presence of blood mages is somewhat misleading. They didn’t intend for it to be that extreme, and David Gaider has stated in interviews that Kirkwall isn’t some special blood mage breeding ground, though it can come across that way.
Anders doesn’t try to escape the consequences of anything he does. That’s complete bullshit, and I’m sick of people making that claim.
He assumes that he will be punished, and judgement passed on him. He sits and waits for this to happen. He requests that it does. He believes it’s the right thing to do, the right way to make him pay for his actions, even if they were necessary in his mind, because innocent people do suffer for it. But Hawke is the one who decides what to do with him, and Anders readily accepts any judgement Hawke passes on him.
If Hawke says, “No, you’re going to clean up your own mess and then we’ll deal with your punishment later,” then that’s what Anders does. He’s incredulous that he’s being allowed to continue to defend the mages, if Hawke allows him to, or he will regretfully side with the templars if Hawke tells him to. He doesn’t shirk responsibility, and he doesn’t run away or try to avoid anything.
And you know what else?
_I_ don’t understand why people seem so very bent on defending a disgusting, abusive system run by an organization that thinks genocide and indefinite slavery and imprisonment are acceptable ways of dealing with a population of people that they’re afraid of.
Great post. :)
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