asolitaryrose asked: Hello Sehn! This is going to come out of the blue but I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on Anders and why you like him so much. I admit his character doesn't really appeal to me and there are a few things about him that really bother me, but I'd love to learn more and maybe open myself a wee bit to him? You may choose not to publish this if you want to avoid the fandom fury :3

sehnsuchttraum:

This is an excellent question, darling, and I hope my answer makes sense. 

Firstly, I wouldn’t suggest that anyone is wrong to dislike him or to be indifferent. Sometimes a character just strikes notes on your heartstrings, and sometimes they don’t, just like real people, and that’s fine.

I should also say that I haven’t ever rivalmanced him, and probably never will because when I play an anti-mage or neutral character, I romance someone else, since that’s what makes sense to me. 

I also don’t read him as mentally ill, or as a clumsy metaphor for mental illness.

Anders is a Dostoevsky sinner-saint, to quote Lillian Hellman. He’s not a nice person, he needles and pushes on people, and he’s single minded in every iteration of his character.

He’s one of those people that doesn’t quite fit in anywhere, and he knows it. He’s hemmed in by his own choices at every turn, and of every character we meet, he’s the one that knows, bitterly, how little intent matters in the end. He’s quick and smart without being wise, and he’s petty and even mean sometimes, which is to say, quite human. 

But he is basically, in his heart of hearts, filled with a longing to help people, so much so that even when he was escaping from the circle, he was still willing to put himself at risk to save a life. That draws me to him. Tarnished silver is more interesting, speaking personally, and he certainly hasn’t been polished bright by life. 

As far as the romance, there’s something in Anders that has a bittersweet familiarity for me— lonely people, perennially unlucky people, and outsiders love so few, that those they do are loved with a depth and intensity that isn’t always reasonable. 

Whatever else his foibles, has a great deal of courage, and is honest until he can’t be without putting his lover at risk. He has spent his life determined to be who he is in spite of of it all, and he appreciates his joys deeply, perhaps because they come so rarely. 

The merits of his politics have been argued elsewhere, at great length, and don’t need to be repeated. But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t appreciate him as a character, for living his ideals, even when the cost is dear. There are no good choices for him, but he still chooses to heal, to help, to fight, with the expectation that it ends, as it must, in failure.

It always ends in failure, after all. He rings true for me, that way; our lives are a curious mishmash of being kicked along by circumstance and forces bigger than us, and when we do make things happen, it’s not always, or even often for the better. 

Why do I love Anders, then—

He’s sardonic, and bitter, sharp and driven, prickly and stubborn; and he has a lot of heart. Not necessarily pure, certainly not flawless, but he tries, and his love, when you have it, isn’t perfect, but it is profound. 

SEHN! I LOVE ANDERS SO MUCH! 

apostatesanonymous:

dalishmarshmallow:

sehnsuchttraum:

dalishmarshmallow replied to your post: “So I replayed the legacy DLC yesterday while in the throes of fuzzy…”:
I find it really interesting how much Chantry dogma Anders has absorbed. It makes sense that he has, but I always find it interesting that he never questions it, even though he knows what they’re doing with mages is wrong.

It is— he calls it all zealotry, but there seems to be a part of him that just accepts it all. 

Well, he was a “good little Andrastean” by his own admission. I think that he believes in the Maker and Andraste, and because of his devotion he can’t make that last step from “what the Chantry does to mages is wrong” to “the Chantry is wrong.” 

I have so many feelings about this, though, and they haven’t really changed since I wrote those meta-type things all those ages ago.

I genuinely believe that Anders believes in the Maker and Andraste and the original design of the Chantry, as well as the overarching message it puts out—I think he’s made the step from “how the Chantry treats mages is wrong” to “the Chantry is wrong” the same way some more moderate/liberal Catholics have when it comes to the papacy’s stance on certain real-world issues (abortion, marriage equality, reproductive rights, etc…), but he hasn’t gotten to the point of reconciling his belief with how violently mistreated his people have been at the hands of it, so he lashes out and gets himself in a bit of a twist between the two.

Hnnnnnnnnnnng I LOVE YOUR META!!!!! I love Anders and his religion ;o;

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH SO I INTRODUCED MY FRIEND TO DA2 AND HE IS PLAYING IT AND AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I’M GOING TO BE ABLE TO GUIDE HIM THROUGH THE MORAL AND ETHICAL DILEMMAS!!! And even though he is a straight, white, male gamer, I am pretty confident that he will do really well with it. I AM SO EXCITED!

Also I have a mighty need to write more Justice/Anders interactions from Awakening times. Little things, just, the development of friendship and understanding between them. Like this fic that I wrote for my favourite Defira one time. I have a really soft spot for this drabble, even though it has its flaws. I think its very pure, for something that I wrote. 

ouyangdan:

shutterbones:

Adorable commission featuring Daddy!Anders with his son Carver for Tumblr user Ltleflrt  from their fanfiction Not Quite Justice. Go check it out! :)

omfg it got better
my heart just shattered

It got SO MUCH better!! :’O

ouyangdan:

shutterbones:

Adorable commission featuring Daddy!Anders with his son Carver for Tumblr user Ltleflrt  from their fanfiction Not Quite Justice. Go check it out! :)

omfg it got better

my heart just shattered

It got SO MUCH better!! :’O

ouyangdan:

yamisnuffles:

Anders disguised in Orlesian finery. Orlesianders was mostly an excuse to draw Anders with peacock feather pauldrons but an outfit that lets him dress outrageously and wear a mask without drawing attention is also kind of perfect for him as a fugitive.

OH MY GODS HOW DID I MISS THIS?

ouyangdan:

yamisnuffles:

Anders disguised in Orlesian finery. Orlesianders was mostly an excuse to draw Anders with peacock feather pauldrons but an outfit that lets him dress outrageously and wear a mask without drawing attention is also kind of perfect for him as a fugitive.

OH MY GODS HOW DID I MISS THIS?

(via runawaydragons)

truffledoodles:

And now have Anders and Isabela! These two were so fun to draw gosh although lets be honest drawing stubble is not my strong point.
Fenris and Merrill are Here if your interested~

Squueeeeeeeeeeeee!

(Source: hawktastiic, via accidentalxxx)

lillehmonster:

C’mon Kirkwall y’all are really letting the ball slip statue-wise.

I finally drew a second comic hooray! Playing a female, mage Hawke I always was weirded out by the statue at the dock in my honor, I mean really now.

I read a fic once, and for the life of me I can’t recall who wrote it… but they had it written that Meredith had it put the statue up like that to make Hawke look like they were affiliated with the Templars, what with the helmet and the sword and that, even though the Hawke in the story was a mage. 
And also, its like all those statues and stories of Andraste, the hero becomes what the people think they are, eventually the person themself is forgotten and all you have left are things like this. So even if Hawke is pro-mage or a mage themself (the public don’t know that), eventually the stories and the statue will change that. 
Thank goodness Varric’s in our corner. His stories are much better. 

(Source: lillebobille, via cypheroftyr)

yotsuba-no-kuroba:

Fragment from how to procrastinate with DAII by ~The-Haughty-Queen
succulentthighs:

Ughugh Anders, That part where he’s talking about the refugees eating kittens is really really cute. 

succulentthighs:

Ughugh Anders, That part where he’s talking about the refugees eating kittens is really really cute. 

(Source: pheberoni, via thewoofles)

emanonix:

To Kirkwall

emanonix:

To Kirkwall

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