man I always wanna comment but everyone always beats me to it ;3; but anyways, great work as always, makes me wanna go back and play both games all over again 9w9 I really love the stylized lines you used, and is that a new nose drawing style I see thar? :3
On the Anders debate, and the rather drastic change in personality betwenn Awakenings and DA2, remember that when Justice and Anders merged, it was a lot like getting a voice in your head constantly urging him to "seek Justice"...the problem being that Justice, as a pure spirit, had very little idea of human interactions or concepts other than in thier most idealized forms...and Mercy was always another spirit.(shame he never sought out Wynne) Also remember that Anders sens eof humor in Awakenings was borne of a coping mechanism for his experiences..and if they hadn't bothered him that much, he wouldn't have gone Apostate in the first place, would he? When Justice "moved in" he was looking for a home.. niether of them really understood at the time that Anders was not made of stone..he was highly flammable wood...and Justice was a torch.
Neither Anders nor Justice had mopey coping styles. The problem people perceive -- or that I do, at least -- isn't that it doesn't make sense for him to have changed. It makes sense that he'd change. The issue is that it doesn't make sense for that Anders/Justice hybrid to be a morose pile of brooding doesn't make sense.
Justice was contemplative at times, yes, but not sulky. He faced challenges with a two-step process: first determine the best course of action, second execute that course of action. Anders coped with humor. He was not generally the ruminative sort.
It isn't intuitive for a hybrid of those two to turn out to be so morose. In particular, there ought to be more of Anders visible in the character. We can see Justice -- or Vengeance -- quite clearly in the moments when he comes to the fore. Meanwhile, there's virtually no effort whatsoever made to try to bury his angst and personal struggles under a veil of humor. Anders just doesn't seem to be there anymore.
And if you really think about it, there really wasn't enough time between Awakening and when you first meet him in DA2 that he would progress that much from a flirt with little cares in the world, to a brooding debbie downer. DA2 begins right in the middle of DA: O, and it's a year later when we meet Anders- Awakening takes places six months after the end of DA: O, so Anders had been with the Wardens, and was merged with Justice for less than a year after the end of Awakening. How on earth did his personality change in so little time? I mean, it's one thing if years and years went by and he gradually became that way, but in such a short amount of time? What happened?
Amell longing to find his love, I'm guessing this is before Witch Hunt or did he not go through the mirror. Lady Aeducan having comfort in her lover's arms. This is probably after awakenings because of the bun. Male Hawke on the run with his lover after siding with the mages. Lady Hawke viscount of Kirkwall but she killed Anders to keep the city safe and now she regrets what she did.
I'm saying it was not a mistake. A mistake is if he had wished, at any point, he would have done differently. He NEVER acknowledged any regret. Sparing his life is indeed an option, without having to forgive him (Which is really not Hawke's place to do.) What I'm saying is fucked up -from Hawke's perspective- is completing the romance.
And to be honest... In the atmosphere of the game, that resembles the brutal middle age, Hawke is judge and executioner all the time, I don't think actual ethics concepts about human rights/life's worth apply. You don't really get to choose not to kill. It kind of...Is the whole game,stroll around and kill in the name of justice. It just wouldn't be consistent to act differently.
Killing him prevents him from doing more atrocities in the name of mage's freedom. Killing him removes "justice" from the waking world. Not killing him makes Hawke all but useless as a mediator in the war to come, the chantry and certainly no templars will listen to someone who is protecting Anders. He is possessed by "justice", it is only fair that he gets what he deserves.
What bugged me with Anders decision is his complete lack of respect, not just for Hawke, but for anyone.
He didnt trust Hawke to confide in his plan, but insisted on roping him/her into it with emotional blackmail.
He murdered innocent civilians over a non-existant point "Because there is no compromise" - well no not any more Anders, since you've just labled every innocent mage a killer because of your complete and utter lack of diplomacy.
To me, his actions dictated cared for nobody but himself. He insisted on his method being the only method, refusing to listen reason. It's his way, or the high way - which also makes me wonder if Pride is infecting Justice as well.
In either case, killing Anders after his act of terrorism, ensures he will endanger nobody with such irrespnibleonver again. No more Mages will suffer for his decisions.
It hurt to kill Anders for me, because I loved him in DA: Awakening, but if someone can kill so many innocents because he "feels" it's the right thing to do over some misguided sense of justice, then they are a danger to the public.
No it doesn't. The author heavily implied that Vengence is still alive if you kill Anders. And he can possess others and do worse.
Anders say he is trying to make a potion to separate him from Justice and that it will make "BOOOMM" and it's done. And Anders wants to die for what he did because he fells guilt and agree that die is the right punishment for him.
But I agree about his way being stupid, It's just a very forced plot device, I made two comics about that.