Yes, Anders is pretty crazy, but still sweet and charming! And I never really managed to execute him - tried once, but that backstabbing was too horrible for my delicate nature, so I reloaded at once and tried to forget the traumatizing experience
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Alot of people say Ander's bitchs and whines non stop, they may be right to a degree but it makes him fairly realistic since most freedom fighters and activist go on and on about their cause. You even see his transformation from a restrained moderate (sorta) to an extremist due to his mounting frustration with the Chantry and the Templars and the abuses allowed under Meredith command and a healthy push from Justice who is not helping the situation.
While alot of the mages you encounter in game tend to use blood magic or be violent etc most of them have become like that due to Templar oppression or are from Tevinter etc.
into the deep agains the templars who have sir pounce a lot! ONWARD TO KITTEN GLORY! *the fluffiness...what i have 2 cats! theyre damn adorable at times and others...dammit, but the cuteness just keeps comming back!*
It's most ironic because I am actually quite religious in real life -- but even I can't side with Templars in Dragon Age. It's like they've completely twisted their own scriptures because of their hatred, fear, and jealousy for mages! I'm sure there are many who are well meaning, but they are gravely mistaken. I just couldn't ever be a part of that.
I'm not that religous in real life, and when it comes to Dragon Age I really can't be religous! I agree, most Templars fear, hate or are jealous of mages, but the Chantry getting them addicted to lyrium doesn't help!
I think it's my real life faith that makes me that much more angry at templars. I've exhausted blog after blog on this cite and others calling out fellow Christians (collectively) for their hypocrisy, cowardice, and selfishness, and worse, using their faith to excuse such things. Templars remind me of that. They act as though mages are dangerous but they are not, (though lyrium gives them power, demons can still possess them, and look what happened to Meredith!) They twist the Maker's words to suit their own fear and hatred. In the real world, I would consider twisting the words of God for selfish gain to be a very grave sin -- my Hawke would have no mercy on templars doing it in their world! I imagine my Hawke would believe in the maker, but not the way the templars have twisted the Maker and the words of Andraste. If she's anything like me, she'd call for a reformation of their skewed doctrine and probably bring the very Divine down onto herself.
Haha, and right, lyrium certainly doesn't help them! I still am trying to figure out the lyrium thing -- it gives them some kind of power of its own?
They say that the lyrium helps Templars with their abilities, but I'm not convinced! Lyrium is used for mana regenerataion, not for non-mages who train for years to block magic! I think the Chantry just uses the Lyrium to make sure that the Templars don't leave for fear of withdrawl! Also it doesn't make sense that you would side with the Templars if you were a mage! Well maybe if you were a circle mage and you had been brought up believing that the Templars were there to protect you and the world from you then you might side with them. But that's brainwashing, that's you believing the Templars are right because you haven't been allowed to think any different!
I sided against the templars and my character was a warrior, hehe.
I definitely think the Templars have had a substantial amount of brain washing (to go along with their lyrium addiction!)
Again, I think my friends were thinking that because I'm "Christian" I would have sided with the Templars. But theologically (in the real world,) I fit into a "denomination" called Reformed Baptist.
Our title goes back to the great Reformation, when Protestants split away from the Catholics because of how catholics were mistreating their scriptures and acting as their pope could speak for God (note that the Chantry believes their Divine speaks for the Maker.) It sparked when Martin Luther wrote the 95 theses (a criticism of several clerical abuses of power,) and posted them to the Wittenberg Church door ... (Something we could see Anders doing with his manifesto, right?)
As a result, any who would side with Martin Luther (eventually called Protestants) were called apostates of the faith and declared anathema. The Catholics cited their infamous Inquisitions against us to find such protestants. (No, they did not use feathers and comfortable couches!) We were imprisoned and brutally tortured until we would confess our heresy, and often either way, we were killed.
But despite all of this, we still gained freedom from them. It was not so easily earned or so widely recognized, but it came. We didn't exactly blow up the Vatican, but we took it apart brick by brick with written words.
I know that none of these parallels were intended in Dragon Age, but I found them very interesting nonetheless!
I too side with the mages when I'm not a mage! Sometimes I side with the Templars but mostly I reload quickly to avoid helping Meredith/Gregoir! And it was actually quite interesting to see (in that last post) how that is very similar to what happened in DA2 (minus the crazy Knight Commander)