Let's be fugitives together, sweetheart (ʘ‿ʘ✿) ♚ Anders 31/..
Secret Awakening side quest: help Anders steal cats for Vigil’s Keep b/c you’re the Warden-Commander + arling of Amaranthine so you can do whatever you want.
Anders Approves (+forever) BFF status obtained.
I’m having a bout of Anderfeels ignore me.
Art to go along with my fic Allure. I will go down with this ship.
I’m going with you, serah.
old lineart overpaint wooh! hawkeanders
I didn’t want to work on my movie this evening so… I worked on something else
The file was too big so I had to split the animation but you can see the full version here
ʟᴏsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ // ʟɪsᴛᴇɴ
Anders x Hawke
focused mostly on the end and after DA2
includes songs from either point of view
1. ғᴀʟʟᴇɴ ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇs ♦ ʙɪʟʟʏ ᴛᴀʟᴇɴᴛ
ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄʀᴏᴏᴋᴇᴅ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴛᴏᴡɴ, ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡᴇʀᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ2. ɪғ ɪ ʟᴏsᴇ ᴍʏsᴇʟғ ♦ ᴏɴᴇʀᴇᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄᴏғ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴀᴄᴇs, ʏᴏᴜ ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴇ3. ʀᴜɴ ♦ ᴅᴀᴜɢʜᴛᴇʀᴡᴇ’ʟʟ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴋᴇᴇᴘ ᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀs sᴀғᴇ ᴀs ᴡᴇ ᴄᴀɴ4. ᴋɪʟʟ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʜᴇʀᴏᴇs ♦ ᴀᴡᴏʟɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ʟᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғᴇᴀʀ ᴅᴇᴄɪᴅᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғᴀᴛᴇ5. ᴀʟᴏɴᴇ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ♦ ғᴀʟʟ ᴏᴜᴛ ʙᴏʏᴡᴇ ᴄᴀɴ sᴛᴀʏ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ ғᴏʀᴇᴠᴇʀ, sᴄʀᴇᴀᴍ ɪᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴏᴘ ᴏғ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʟᴜɴɢs6. ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜ ᴏғ ʟɪғᴇ ♦ ғʟᴏʀᴇɴᴄᴇ + ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴀᴄʜɪɴᴇᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜᴏɪʀs ɪɴ ᴍʏ ʜᴇᴀᴅ sᴀɴɢ “ɴᴏ”ᴀɴᴅ 10 ᴀᴅᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ sᴏɴɢs from Bastille, 3 Doors Down, and other artists
and that, hey, the Ferelden Circle was better than Kirkwall! and even in Kirkwall not *all* the mages were being raped! and reallly the Templars have a point it’s all good. And hey what is Anders complaining about, he was never really tortured or abused or raped he just got kidnapped and falsely imprisoned and put in solitary confinement for increasingly long periods, culminating in one sentence of an entire year.
But hey it’s just being alone right it’s not really violent or anything. What could the Templars do? He was a bad mage who kept running away from their totally justified sweet little prison built specially for the comfort of mages! They’re reasonable people but there’s only so much they can do right!
The United States was actually the world leader in introducing prolonged incarceration, and solitary confinement, as a means of dealing with criminal behavior. The “penitentiary system” began in
the United States, first in Philadelphia, in the early nineteenth century, a product of a spirit of great social optimism about the possibility of rehabilitation of individuals with socially deviant behavior.
The Americans were quite proud of their “penitentiary system” and they invited and encouraged important visitors from abroad to observe them.
This system, originally labeled as the“Philadelphia System,” involved almost an exclusive reliance upon
solitary confinement as a means of incarceration and also became the predominant mode of incarceration, both for post conviction and also for pretrial detainees, in the sever all European prison systems which emulated the American model.
The results were, in fact, catastrophic. The incidence of mental disturbances among prisoners so detained, and the severity of such disturbances, was so great that the system fell into disfavor and was ultimately abandoned. During this process a major body of clinical literature developed which documented the psychiatric disturbances created by such stringent conditions of confinement.
The paradigmatic psychiatric disturbance was an agitated confusional state which, in more severe cases, had the characteristics of a florid delirium, characterized by severe confusional, paranoid, and hallucinatory features, and also by intense agitation and random, impulsive, often self-directed violence. Such disturbances were often observed in individuals who had no prior history of any mental illness.
By 1890…the United States Supreme Court explicitly recognized the massive psychiatric harm caused by solitary confinement:
This matter of solitary confinement is not … a mere
unimportant regulation as to the safe-keeping of the prisoner
… [E]xperience [with the penitentiary system of solitary
confinement] demonstrated that there were serious objections to it. A considerable number of the prisoners fell, after even a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others, still, committed suicide; while those who stood the ordeal better were not generally reformed, and in most cases did not recover sufficient mental activity to be of any subsequent service to the community.
It’s so horrible that *19th Century people*, not known for their sensitivities to cruelty or for giving much of a shit about not hurting people, rejected it as too appalling.
There’s *no way* 19th c. folks noticed all this stuff and Templars didn’t. There’s no fucking way they didn’t know exactly what they were doing when they used solitary the way they did in the Ferelden Circle.
Doing that to someone who’s only crime was running away from false imprisonment is about *nothing* but mentally torturing them and breaking them down.
Also, as to the fact that Anders himself downplays what went on, claiming he was lucky because the Templars didn’t “torture or rape” him the way they did other mages, here’s a section of the account about contemporary observations:
When I initially agreed to evaluate the Walpole prisoners I had not yet reviewed the literature on the psychiatric effects of solitary confinement and I was somewhat skeptical; I expected that inmates would feign illness and exaggerate whatever psychiatric symptomatology they suffered. I discovered, however, something very different. Contrary to my expectations, the prisoners appeared to be extremely defensive about the psychiatric problems they were suffering in Special Housing Unit (SHU); they tended to rationalize away their symptoms, avoid talking about them, or deny or distort their existence all in an apparent effort to minimize the significance of their reactions to isolation.
Numerous interviews began with statements such as “solitary doesn’t bother me” or “some of the guys can’t take it—not me,” or even with the mention of a symptom and a simultaneous denial of its significance: “As soon as I got in I started cutting my wrists. I figured it was the only way to get out of here.” As these interviews progressed the facile accounts gave way to descriptions of experiences that were very worrisome. For example, one inmate was unable to describe the events of the several days surrounding his wrist-slashing, nor could he describe his thoughts or feelings at the time. Similarly, the prisoner who said he could “take it” eventually came to describe panic, fears of suffocation, and paranoid distortions which he suffered while in isolation.
[The full article is here.]
So, yeah. I am *tired* of the abuse apologism and people acting like the Circle was ever a solution, trying to dissect exactly how many mages are raped by Templars to see if the system was evil enough to be stopped. Even if no one was *ever* raped, it still was evil enough many times over to end.
I cannot with Templar apologism. Even their “nice” face involves kidnapping children, indoctrinating them into the idea that they deserve to be locked up simply for how they were born, and torturing anyone who tries to run away. Even if we say that a minority of mages are actually raped by Templars, the entire culture of the Circle running *at its very best* is evil and it needed to fall.
Does this make up for some of the stuff Anders does? No. But if the Circles would only fall by the strike he and Justice made then I cannot condemn it. Nothing else had worked in 900 years, there was no reason to think things would get better on their own, especially since we clearly saw Anders try *every other option* for 6 years before giving in to Justice.
The Chantry justified the righteousness of everything the Templars did, they lead crusades against the elves, they routinely interfered in politics and Thedas governments. They were a *political* organization, not an organization of ~peace and faith~. Elthina and all other Chantry leaders, by virtue of their position and their faith’s dictates, put their stamp of moral approval on everything the Templars did and everything the Circles were and that is inexcusable.
And striking at the heart of the political organization orchestrating structural oppression you suffer from is not fucking wrong.