I spend too much time thinking and playing Dragon Age that I convinced myself that mages and the Chantry are real. The Circle of Magi (Circle Tower) are real.
"So many mages here could be brought peace by the Rite. So few have experienced it."
The Rite of Tranquility has majorly affected every person in this shot.
- #1: Apprentice Jaken, whose lover Helena was made Tranquil by Ser Alrik. Helena is the white-haired woman speaking, who acknowledges their ‘illicit relaitonship’ and praises Ser Alrik for ‘rescuing’ her from her ‘sins’, and that she is ‘his to command’.
- #2: Nameless Elven Tranquil who has been wandering through the Gallows since the beginning, who was denied a Harrowing.
- #3: Anders, whose friend and former lover (also made Tranquil by Ser Alrik) begged to be killed in a moment of clarity rather than continue to live after slipping back into mindless Tranquility.
Ser Alrik has been doing this for years.
He did it to Karl, and it’s pretty clear that Karl wasn’t his first.
You would think that Anders would want Ser Alrik dead more than any other templar in Kirkwall. And yet, for more than three years he deliberately does not go out and initiate any kind of direct conflict. He says he’s had a run-in with him at the Gallows while trying to free mages, and yet managed to apparently restrain himself at that time, too.
He’s so self-conscious and self-aware of the damage he can do and the fact that it will hurt both his cause and innocent people if he instigates conflict that he holds off and utilizes nonviolent means to fight back for years.
Even when you do end up confronting Alrik it’s by accident—Anders asks for your help to gather information to bring it to someone who will hopefully listen and put a stop to what Alrik is doing, despite the fact that pretty much everyone he talks to tells him he’s being ridiculous and delusional and criticizes him for having no self-control when the amount of willpower and control he does have is immense.
Of course, he tries to bring Ser Alrik’s plans to light not knowing that Meredith already knew about them, and had done nothing more than refuse to go along with them without taking any action to stop him. If anything, he’s been given more authority, ‘official’ or not.
They will all die. Every templar, every holy sister who stands in the way of our freedom will die in agony and their deaths will be our fuel.
We will have justice. We will have vengeance.
Alistair: You know what the Circle of Magi is, don’t you? The Circle requires an accounting of all mages. That is the law of the land and the Chantry.
Morrigan: If you wish to tell your Chantry about me, go ahead. I have nothing to fear from priests.
A typical weekend date for Hawke and Anders.