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25th Jul '16 12:25:28 PM OnTheHillside
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* "On the Loose." Two of the mages you're charged with tracking down have been consumed by demons, and are beyond saving. But Emile de Launcet hasn't turned to blood magic or harmed anyone...he's just an awkward guy who's been confined to the Circle since he was 6. Who laments never being allowed to cook something for himself, stand in the rain, or kiss a girl. One of your options is to send him back to the Templars. The other is to [[[VideoGameCaringPotential let him go free.]]

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* "On the Loose." Two of the mages you're charged with tracking down have been consumed by demons, and are beyond saving. But Emile de Launcet hasn't turned to blood magic or harmed anyone...he's just an awkward guy who's been confined to the Circle since he was 6. Who laments never being allowed to cook something for himself, stand in the rain, or kiss a girl. One of your options is to send him back to the Templars. The other is to [[[VideoGameCaringPotential [[VideoGameCaringPotential let him go free.]]
25th Jul '16 12:25:08 PM OnTheHillside
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** On a meta example, the fact that there's a [[http://dgcatanisiri.tumblr.com/post/85576413797/no-but-really-i-think-the-fact-that-audacity very good argument]] for the demon not being Merrill's at all.


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* "On the Loose." Two of the mages you're charged with tracking down have been consumed by demons, and are beyond saving. But Emile de Launcet hasn't turned to blood magic or harmed anyone...he's just an awkward guy who's been confined to the Circle since he was 6. Who laments never being allowed to cook something for himself, stand in the rain, or kiss a girl. One of your options is to send him back to the Templars. The other is to [[[VideoGameCaringPotential let him go free.]]
10th Jul '16 10:20:30 AM nombretomado
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*** Think about this one a little harder and you realize this is meta-heartwarming. Your story? You decide when to move on and how to proceed? That's BioWare in a nutshell.

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*** Think about this one a little harder and you realize this is meta-heartwarming. Your story? You decide when to move on and how to proceed? That's BioWare Creator/BioWare in a nutshell.
24th Feb '16 6:48:58 AM outlander2012
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* One party banter between [[GirlNextDoor Merrill]] and [[PirateGirl Isabela]] has the former commenting that Isabela has led an exciting life as a pirate, a duelist, and her [[AnythingThatMoves many love affairs]], she then wonders how Isabela could like a girl as boring as Merrill, and wishes she had Isabela's life. Isabela immediately denies this, and says Merrill has a beautiful heart, and is deserving of so much more than what she has.

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* One party banter between [[GirlNextDoor Merrill]] and [[PirateGirl Isabela]] has the former commenting that Isabela has led an exciting life as a pirate, a duelist, and her [[AnythingThatMoves many love affairs]], affairs]]; she then wonders how Isabela could like a girl as boring as Merrill, and wishes she had Isabela's life. Isabela immediately denies this, and says Merrill has a beautiful heart, and is deserving of so much more than what she has.



---> '''Varric:''' Daisy, for my sake, ''please'' stop cutting through the alleys in Lowtown alone at night!

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---> '''Varric:''' Daisy, for my sake, ''please'' stop quit cutting through the alleys in Lowtown alone at night!



** The codex also says that [[spoiler:after Merrill fixes the Eluvian]], she doesn't leave the house much, not even to buy food, and so Varric takes to having produce delivered to her house. In fact, for someone so brash on the surface, Varric has [=CMOHs=] all the time, from big ones like [[spoiler:forgiving his brother and sending him to a sanitarium instead of getting revenge]] to little things like putting Anders on his tab at the Hanged Man. He's also the only one besides you who genuinely seems to like everyone else, and is always trying to help them or cheer them up.

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** The codex also says that [[spoiler:after Merrill fixes the Eluvian]], she doesn't leave the house much, not even to buy food, and so Varric takes to having produce delivered to her house. In fact, for someone so brash on the surface, Varric has [=CMOHs=] all the time, from big ones like [[spoiler:forgiving his brother and sending him to a sanitarium instead of getting revenge]] and [[spoiler: paying off the Lowtown gangs to stop them from extorting Anders for protection money]] to little things like putting Anders on his tab at the Hanged Man. He's also the only one besides you who genuinely seems to like everyone else, and is always trying to help them or cheer them up.
30th Jan '16 9:39:30 AM ErikModi
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** It even works if it's Carver he's giving "last rites" too. He's just met this family, one of them is an apostate, they've just had a very tense stand-off preceeding and followed by intense battles with hordes of darkspawn, and he still takes the time to give complete strangers, who he has every reason to be wary of, what little comfort he can for the death of one of their loved ones. It's easy to see why Aveline was so deeply in love with the man.
24th Dec '15 11:10:22 AM outlander2012
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** Alternatively, if Bethany [[spoiler: becomes a Grey Warden, she's initially cold and resentful of Hawke forcing her into this life, but she comes during the final battle to support her sibling.]]

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** Alternatively, if Bethany [[spoiler: becomes a Grey Warden, she's initially cold and resentful of Hawke forcing her into this life, but she comes during the final battle to support her sibling. She also apologises for her cold attitude before, saying that she no longer resents Hawke for taking her to the Wardens, acknowledging her sibling did it to save her life and that, while it's not the life she would have chosen, she has made the best of it.]]



---> '''Varric:''' Daisy, would you please stop walking through the alleys after dark
--->'''Merrill:''' Why? Nothing ever happens to me.

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---> '''Varric:''' Daisy, would you please for my sake, ''please'' stop walking cutting through the alleys after dark
in Lowtown alone at night!
--->'''Merrill:''' Why? Nothing ever happens to me.happens, Varric. I'm perfectly safe.



*** Which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny, since Isabela alludes to "What happens when you have kids?" and says in a little-girl voice

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*** Which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny, since Isabela alludes to "What happens when you have kids?" (namely that she's the ''last'' person Aveline should want around her children) and says in a little-girl voice voice:



--> '''Aveline''': Well then all I would have to do is point at you and say 'That's a slattern!'

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--> '''Aveline''': Well then all I would have to do is I'll just point at you and say 'That's a slattern!'


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-->'''Cassandra''': Is there anything else?
-->'''Varric''': Two things. A moment for the last of the family, and an echo. You'll forgive me if I take a liberty or two.
30th Nov '15 10:20:13 PM LadyNorbert
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* Even after [[spoiler: he was betrayed by his own sister]], bringing Fenris - who was told that families are important by Hawke - would lead him to say the same thing to [[spoiler: Gamlen's daughter]] during "Gamlen's Greatest Treasure."

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* Even after [[spoiler: he was betrayed by his own sister]], bringing Fenris - who was told taught by Hawke that families are important by Hawke - would lead along for "Gamlen's Greatest Treasure" leads him to say the same thing to [[spoiler: Gamlen's daughter]] during "Gamlen's Greatest Treasure."daughter]].



* There is a small banter after Isabela's romance is completed with Merrill, and Merrill notices that Isabela is smiling, and wonders if she's thinking dirty thoughts. Isabela just replies that she's... just really happy.

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* There is a small banter with Merrill after Isabela's romance is completed with Merrill, and completed, in which Merrill notices that Isabela is smiling, and wonders if she's thinking dirty thoughts. Isabela just replies that she's... just really happy.happy.
* Merrill straddles the line between Heartwarming and Funny when Hawke and Fenris repair their relationship in Act III. She points out to Fenris, who is quite embarrassed about it, that he looks at Hawke with "sad puppy eyes" whenever Hawke isn't looking. He denies it, but it's clear that Merrill thinks it's sweet that Fenris is actually lovesick.



* Astonishingly, if you play ''Mark of the Assassin'' following Leandra's death but before you start ''On the Loose'' in Act 3, [[RichBitch Dulci de Launcet]] - of all people - will express sympathy to Hawke over her murder.

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* Astonishingly, if you play ''Mark of the Assassin'' following Leandra's death but before you start ''On "On the Loose'' Loose" in Act 3, [[RichBitch Dulci de Launcet]] - of all people - will express sympathy to Hawke over her murder.



* There's something very, very cool about the fact that all the City Elves bow to Keeper Marethari when she arrives in the Kirkwall Alienage during ''Night Terrors'', especially since tensions between the Dalish and the City Elves often run quite high.
* When Merrill's companion quest ends, with either [[spoiler: Marethari and possibly the entire clan]] dead, [[TokenReligiousTeammate Sebastian]] very gently tells her that it was pride that led her to make deals with her demon, and so, rather then trying to make impossible amends, she should admit there are things she cannot accomplish by herself.
* If Hawke is knocked down in a fight, all the companions have preset lines to react to it. Most of them (Bethany and Anders' in particular) are tear-jerking as they beg Hawke not to leave them, or else swear vengeance on the person who downed Hawke. Varric on the other hand?

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* There's something very, very cool about the fact that all the City Elves bow to Keeper Marethari when she arrives in the Kirkwall Alienage during ''Night Terrors'', "Night Terrors," especially since tensions between the Dalish and the City Elves often run quite high.
* When Merrill's companion quest ends, with either [[spoiler: Marethari and possibly the entire clan]] dead, [[TokenReligiousTeammate Sebastian]] very gently tells her that it was pride that led her to make deals with her demon, and so, rather then trying to make impossible amends, she should admit there are things she cannot accomplish by herself.
* If Hawke is knocked down in a fight, all the companions have preset lines to react to it. Most of them (Bethany and Anders' Anders in particular) are tear-jerking as they beg Hawke not to leave them, or else swear vengeance on the person who downed Hawke. Varric Varric, on the other hand?
3rd Nov '15 9:25:37 PM LadyNorbert
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* One party banter between [[GirlNextDoor Merrill]] and [[PirateGirl Isabela]] has the former commenting that Isabela has led an exciting life as a pirate, a duelist, and her [[AnythingThatMoves many love affairs]], she then wonders how Isabela could like a girl as boring as Merrill, and wishes she had Isabela's life. Isabela immediately denies this, and says Merill has a beautiful heart, and is deserving of so much more than what she has.

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* One party banter between [[GirlNextDoor Merrill]] and [[PirateGirl Isabela]] has the former commenting that Isabela has led an exciting life as a pirate, a duelist, and her [[AnythingThatMoves many love affairs]], she then wonders how Isabela could like a girl as boring as Merrill, and wishes she had Isabela's life. Isabela immediately denies this, and says Merill Merrill has a beautiful heart, and is deserving of so much more than what she has.



*** If Fenris or Anders is in the party with Merrill and Isabela, they'll show NoSympathy, with Fenris responding to Merrill's "He acted like I was a monster!" with "You are a monster." Izzy will snap at him, snarling him he's not helping. It doesn't make Fenris lay off, but she tries.

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*** If Fenris or Anders is in the party with Merrill and Isabela, they'll show NoSympathy, with Fenris responding to Merrill's "He acted like I was a monster!" with "You are a monster." Izzy will snap at him, snarling him that he's not helping. It doesn't make Fenris lay off, but she tries.



--->'''Merrill:''' I think Hawke likes you, Isabela

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--->'''Merrill:''' I think Hawke likes you, IsabelaIsabela.



* If you chose a past [[spoiler: where Alistair left the Grey Wardens you'll find him in the first act drinking in the bar, a little funny and kind of sad. In the second act, you see him there again...and Bann Teagan comes in, pulls him out of his slump, and takes him back home. Nice to know that he still has family that cares for him.]]

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* If you chose a past [[spoiler: where Alistair left the Grey Wardens Wardens, you'll find him in the first act drinking in the bar, a little funny and kind of sad. In the second act, you see him there again... and Bann Teagan comes in, pulls him out of his slump, and takes him back home. Nice to know that he still has family that cares for him.]]



* Speaking with Bethany at the end [[spoiler: if you support the Magi,; it really shows her character development in how accepting the Circle, which she feared all her childhood, did not damage her.]] Hearing her speak of her love for her big brother/sister is just gravy.

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* Speaking with Bethany at the end [[spoiler: if you support the Magi,; Magi; it really shows her character development in how accepting that the Circle, which she feared all her childhood, did not damage her.]] Hearing her speak of her love for her big brother/sister is just gravy.



** Much of Hawke and Bethany's relationship could count, really. Given the number of people who are willing to screw over siblings for some material advantage such as [[spoiler: Bartrand and Varric, Fenris and his sister Varania and Gamlen and Leandra]], the fact that Bethany early in the game mentions that she could never turn on her own sibling like that is sweet enough. But the fact that Hawke and Bethany can go through the entire game and not once turn on each other is both incredibly heartwarming and a big middle finger to the CrapsackWorld nature of the Dragon Age universe in general.

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** Much of Hawke and Bethany's relationship could count, really. Given the number of people who are willing to screw over siblings for some material advantage such as [[spoiler: Bartrand and Varric, Fenris and his sister Varania Varania, and Gamlen and Leandra]], the fact that Bethany early in the game mentions that she could never turn on her own sibling like that is sweet enough. But the fact that Hawke and Bethany can go through the entire game and not once turn on each other is both incredibly heartwarming and a big middle finger to the CrapsackWorld nature of the Dragon Age ''Dragon Age'' universe in general.



**** Similarly, if Carver becomes a Warden and you side with Meredith, he outright states that he doesn't understand how Hawke could follow "that bitch". Nonetheless, he supports Hawke's decision, and offers to stand with him/her.

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**** Similarly, if Carver becomes a Warden and you side Hawke sides with Meredith, he outright states that he doesn't understand how Hawke could follow "that bitch". Nonetheless, he supports Hawke's decision, and offers to stand with him/her.



* After [[WhamEpisode All That Remains]], while Hawke is sitting at home in the throes of a HeroicBSOD, your love interest or (in the absence of a romance) closest friend comes to try to offer some comfort. Regardless of who shows up, it's very heartwarming.

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* After [[WhamEpisode "[[WhamEpisode All That Remains]], Remains]]," while Hawke is sitting at home in the throes of a HeroicBSOD, your love interest or (in the absence of a romance) closest friend comes to try to offer some comfort. Regardless of who shows up, it's very heartwarming.



* The sheer hope in one sentence in Anders's romance scene:

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* The sheer hope in one sentence in Anders's Anders' romance scene:



** The above exchanges (especially the third one), get extra points if your Hawke is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything also a man]].

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** The above exchanges (especially the third one), one) get extra points if your Hawke is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything also a man]].



** Fenris, of all people, also gets along surprisingly well with Bethany. When Anders argues that not all mages are weak, Fenris actually agrees with him: ''Bethany'', he says, is not weak. Coming from Fenris and his deep-rooted hatred of mages and magic, it's the very highest of praise - the only other mage he's willing to talk about this way is a mage Hawke.

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** Fenris, of all people, also gets along surprisingly well with Bethany. When Anders argues that not all mages are weak, Fenris actually agrees with him: ''Bethany'', he says, is not weak. Coming from Fenris and his deep-rooted hatred of mages and magic, it's the very highest of praise - the only other mage he's willing to talk about this way is a mage Hawke. If they're taken along for ''Mark of the Assassin'' and/or ''Legacy,'' they have extra dialogue which further illustrates how much Fenris not only respects Bethany, but genuinely ''likes'' her.



**** Even better is that if you decide to romance Anders after Fenris leaves you. Fenris will not only accept it, he will ''threaten to kill Anders if he ever breaks your heart''- given how he's in love with you himself, and the fact he hates Anders with the intensity of a thousand suns, it's pretty adorable (death threats aside) that he's willing to overlook this as long as Hawke is happy.
*** And then, after you finally discuss matters and tell him he's forgiven, his default response when you approach him? A husky statement of "I am yours." SWOON.
** This last line is especially heartwarming. Fenris has spent his entire life in slavery, being molded into whatever Danarius wanted. He spent years before and during the game trying to avoid returning to this fate. In two lines, Fenris showed how he can let go of his fears and give himself wholly and completely to the person he loves, and expect the same in return. That really shows character development.
*** It is unfortunate that there are not Crowning Moments of Sexy, because that would be one.
**** It's doubly heartwarming for players of the first game as a {{call back}} to Zevran's romance path.
** To make it even more heartwarming, pay attention to Fenris' body language in his companion quest scenes. Fenris has this habit of avoiding eye contact with Hawke, either shifting his eyes or outright turning his head at a different direction. He does this again when he tells Hawke how much he regrets leaving in his last Questioning Beliefs quest. When you ask him what he would've said if he stayed, he says the quoted line, without looking away at all.

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**** Even better is that if ** If you decide to romance Anders after Fenris leaves you. you, Fenris will not only accept it, he will ''threaten to kill Anders if he ever breaks your heart''- given heart''. Given how he's in love with you himself, and the fact he hates Anders with the intensity of a thousand suns, it's pretty adorable (death threats aside) that he's willing to overlook this as long as Hawke is happy.
*** ** And then, after you finally discuss matters and tell him he's forgiven, his default response when you approach him? A husky statement of "I am yours." SWOON.
** *** This last line is especially heartwarming. Fenris has spent his entire life in slavery, being molded into whatever Danarius wanted. He spent years before and during the game trying to avoid returning to this fate. In two lines, Fenris showed how he can let go of his fears and give himself wholly and completely to the person he loves, and expect the same in return. That really shows character development.
*** It is unfortunate that there are not Crowning Moments of Sexy, because that would be one.
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one. It's doubly heartwarming for players of the first game as a {{call back}} to Zevran's romance path.
** To make it even more heartwarming, pay attention to Fenris' body language in his companion quest scenes. Fenris has this habit of avoiding eye contact with Hawke, either shifting his eyes or outright turning his head at a different direction. He does this again when he tells Hawke how much he regrets leaving in his last Questioning Beliefs "Questioning Beliefs" quest. When you ask him what he would've said if he stayed, he says the quoted line, without looking away at all.



* A small, easily missed note in the Hawke estate reads: [[SoProudOfYou "I'm proud of you, Love Mother."]] It's just a simple thing, not that far from what a parent could leave in their child's lunchbox, but after everything Hawke's been through, especially [[WhamEpisode All That Remains]], it means something.

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* A small, easily missed note in the Hawke estate reads: [[SoProudOfYou "I'm proud of you, you. Love Mother."]] It's just a simple thing, not that far from what a parent could leave in their child's lunchbox, but after everything Hawke's been through, especially [[WhamEpisode "[[WhamEpisode All That Remains]], Remains]]," it means something.



* For some reason, this line always gets to me (takes place after Fenris' last Companion Quest):
--->'''Fenris:''' The future of a slave is never uncertain. But I am no longer a slave. Perhaps it's time I remembered that.

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* For some reason, this A very poignant line always gets to me (takes place after Fenris' last Companion Quest):
--->'''Fenris:'''
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-->'''Fenris:'''
The future of a slave is never uncertain. But I am no longer a slave. Perhaps it's time I remembered that.



* Carver has issues, given that (if you're a mage and actually get the opportunity to learn about him) he's got two mage siblings and considers himself TheUnfavorite. But when Fenris realizes that Hawke's a mage, he's instantly protective of his sibling, saying that if Fenris has a problem with Hawke, then he has a problem with Carver.

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* Carver has issues, issues in a mage playthrough, given that (if you're a mage and actually get the opportunity to learn about him) he's got two mage siblings and considers himself TheUnfavorite. But when Fenris realizes that Hawke's a mage, he's instantly protective of his sibling, saying that if Fenris has a problem with Hawke, then he has a problem with Carver.



* During "Wayward Son" in Act 1, Mage Hawke gets one when Feynriel angrily questions why Hawke came after him, thinking he'll turn him over to the Templars for being an Apostate Mage.

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* During "Wayward Son" in Act 1, Mage Hawke gets one when Feynriel angrily questions why Hawke came after him, thinking he'll they'll turn him over to the Templars for being an Apostate Mage.apostate.



* ''Mark of the Assassin'' has a short, but sweet sidequest involving Hawke's mother. If you examine the fountain at Chateau Haine, Hawke explains to Tallis that it's tradition for noblewomen to throw Orlesian coins into the fountain and make a wish. Leandra had a coin collection just for the occasion, but since she married an apostate, the resulting social stigma meant that she wouldn't even be invited to the Chateau. Hawke spends the quest finding Orleasian coins to throw in the fountain in Leandra's stead. Hawke, you big softy.
* Not sure of how it works out with other LoveInterests, but in ''Mark of the Assassin'', when Carver and a romanced Merrill are [[spoiler: looking for Hawke and Tallis to rescue from prison]], there is a short but sweet exchange between them goes to show just how much the LoveInterest means to Hawke, at least in the eyes of the sibling, and especially how a same-sex relationship is no more unusual than an opposite-sex one.

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* ''Mark of the Assassin'' has a short, but sweet sidequest involving Hawke's mother. If you examine the fountain at Chateau Haine, Hawke explains to Tallis that it's tradition for noblewomen to throw Orlesian coins into the fountain and make a wish. Leandra had a coin collection just for the occasion, but since she married an apostate, the resulting social stigma meant that she wouldn't even be invited to the Chateau. Hawke spends the quest finding Orleasian Orlesian coins to throw in the fountain in Leandra's stead. Hawke, you big softy.
* Not sure of how it works out with other LoveInterests, but in In ''Mark of the Assassin'', when Carver and a romanced Merrill are [[spoiler: looking for Hawke and Tallis to rescue from prison]], there is a short but sweet exchange between them goes to show just how much the LoveInterest means to Hawke, at least in the eyes of the sibling, and especially how a same-sex relationship is no more unusual than an opposite-sex one.



-->'''Merril:''' I'm glad you think so.
** Especially meaningful considering Carver's [[MiddleChildSyndrome usual jealousy]] in relation to his older sibling and his own [[AllLoveIsUnrequited one-sided]] [[CannotSpitItOut crush]] on Merrill.
* If Isabela is along for the ride and is in a romance with Hawke, she gets drawn into Tallis's debate about having a purpose. When asked directly about not having a purpose:

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-->'''Merril:''' -->'''Merrill:''' I'm glad you think so.
** Especially It's especially meaningful considering Carver's [[MiddleChildSyndrome usual jealousy]] in relation to his older sibling and his own [[AllLoveIsUnrequited one-sided]] [[CannotSpitItOut crush]] on Merrill.
* If Isabela is along for the ride in MOTA and is in a romance with Hawke, she gets drawn into Tallis's debate about having a purpose. When asked directly about not having a purpose:



-->'''Carver:''' "Running around with you has made me realize just how much I miss it.

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-->'''Carver:''' "Running Running around with you has made me realize just how much I miss it.



* During the ''Legacy'' DLC [[spoiler: you have to kill an old friend of Varric's who's in the corrupted carta who happened to make Bianca.]] Hawke can tell him it's his choice on how to handle the situation and, without hesitation, Varric says [[spoiler: he will take the man out - because he's a danger to Hawke.]] [[UndyingLoyalty Just shows how close and how loyal Varric is to Hawke.]]

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* During the ''Legacy'' DLC [[spoiler: you have to kill an old friend of Varric's who's in the corrupted carta who happened to make Bianca.carta.]] Hawke can tell him it's his choice on how to handle the situation and, without hesitation, Varric says [[spoiler: he will take the man out - because he's a danger to Hawke.]] [[UndyingLoyalty Just shows how close and how loyal Varric is to Hawke.]]



* Even after [[spoiler: he was betrayed by his own sister]], bringing Fenris - who was told that families are important by Hawke - would lead him to say the same thing to [[spoiler: Gamlen's daughter]] during that secondary quest.

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* Even after [[spoiler: he was betrayed by his own sister]], bringing Fenris - who was told that families are important by Hawke - would lead him to say the same thing to [[spoiler: Gamlen's daughter]] during that secondary quest."Gamlen's Greatest Treasure."



--> '''Varric:''' Hawke, hang in there, ''I'll get you out of here!''

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--> '''Varric:''' Hawke, hang Hawke! Hang in there, ''I'll get you out of here!''this!''
24th Oct '15 2:13:21 PM Greystone101
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* If Hawke is knocked down in a fight, all the companions have preset lines to react to it. Most of them (Bethany and Anders' in particular) are tear-jerking as they beg Hawke not to leave them, or else swear vengeance on the person who downed Hawke. Varric on the other hand?
--> '''Varric:''' Hawke, hang in there, ''I'll get you out of here!''
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** For most of the game, Fenris' obsession, fear, and hatred of his past has been one of his defining character traits. It's what makes him end the relationship with Hawke, what makes him obsessed with revenge, and what makes him angst so much. Him saying that shows that he's finally willing to put the past completely behind him so that he can be happy with Hawke, and is really, ''really'' touching, all the moreso if Hawke is a mage.

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** For most of the game, Fenris' obsession, fear, and hatred of his past has been one of his defining character traits. It's what makes him end the relationship with Hawke, what makes him obsessed with revenge, and what makes him angst so much. Him saying that shows that he's finally willing to put the past completely behind him so that he can be happy with Hawke, and is really, ''really'' touching, all the moreso if Hawke is a mage.mage


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** To make it even more heartwarming, pay attention to Fenris' body language in his companion quest scenes. Fenris has this habit of avoiding eye contact with Hawke, either shifting his eyes or outright turning his head at a different direction. He does this again when he tells Hawke how much he regrets leaving in his last Questioning Beliefs quest. When you ask him what he would've said if he stayed, he says the quoted line, without looking away at all.
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