History TearJerker / DragonAgeII

8th Nov '16 8:51:14 AM Imjustme
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* Most possible endings to the [[spoiler: Anders]] romance arc. [[spoiler: The tragedy starts from his personal quest in Act II, "Dissent." Vengeance seizes control of him towards the end. If Hawke doesn't talk him down, Anders will kill an innocent mage. Even if he spares the girl, he's still filled with doubts. Enter the romance. Anders seems to perk up. He believes Hawke is his anchor...until Act III rolls around. At the beginning, Anders claims to want to rid himself of Vengeance. He asks for Hawke's help in doing so. Witness Anders trying to get rid of his personal belongings. Witness him putting distance between himself and Hawke. Witness him blowing up the Chantry with innocents still inside so he can send a message about oppression. He also used Hawke to unwittingly help him, which could easily be seen as a personal betrayal. At this point, Hawke has a tough decision: Keep him around knowing he betrayed them, send him away, or kill him outright. Worse, he won't even really fight this. He believes his life is forfeit. His face and Hawke's after the Chantry blows up makes it abundantly clear he's not fully comfortable with what he's done. It's such a change from the light, flirty Anders in ''Awakening'', it seems even sadder in comparison.]]

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* Most possible endings to the [[spoiler: Anders]] romance arc. [[spoiler: The tragedy starts from his personal quest in Act II, "Dissent." Vengeance Justice seizes control of him towards the end. If Hawke doesn't talk him down, Anders will kill an innocent mage. Even if he spares the girl, he's still filled with doubts. Enter the romance. Anders seems to perk up. He believes Hawke is his anchor...until Act III rolls around. At the beginning, Anders claims to want to rid himself of Vengeance.Justice. He asks for Hawke's help in doing so. Witness Anders trying to get rid of his personal belongings. Witness him putting distance between himself and Hawke. Witness him blowing up the Chantry with innocents still inside so he can send a message about oppression. He also used Hawke to unwittingly help him, which could easily be seen as a personal betrayal. At this point, Hawke has a tough decision: Keep him around knowing he betrayed them, send him away, or kill him outright. Worse, he won't even really fight this. He believes his life is forfeit. His face and Hawke's after the Chantry blows up makes it abundantly clear he's not fully comfortable with what he's done. He just felt it had to be to save his people. It's such a change from the light, flirty Anders in ''Awakening'', it seems even sadder in comparison.]]



** [[spoiler: Anders's]] whole character arc is a huge tearjerker in itself - watching him descend from [[spoiler: sweet but snarky charmer]] to [[spoiler:compassionate healer fighting against his dark side to paranoid murderer as Vengeance corrupts him]] is just heartbreaking. In Acts I and II, he knows he's slowly descending into evil, he knows he's a danger to himself and others around him, and in Act II he even [[spoiler:turns away from the mage underground and seems to gain some control over himself after the incident with Ella - but between Acts II and III Vengeance reasserts itself and Anders gives in to his (literal) demons. His eventual betrayal, and seeing the once heroic Healer of Darktown kill innocent people, hurts a lot.]]

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** [[spoiler: Anders's]] whole character arc is a huge tearjerker in itself - watching him descend from [[spoiler: sweet but snarky charmer]] to [[spoiler:compassionate healer fighting against his dark side to paranoid murderer as Vengeance corrupts him]] his situation with murderous Templars and an impatient Justice slowly grinds his mental state down]] is just heartbreaking. In Acts I and II, he knows he's slowly descending into evil, what's happening to him, he knows he's a danger to himself and others around him, and in Act II he even [[spoiler:turns away from the mage underground and seems to gain some control over himself after the incident with Ella - but between Acts II and III Vengeance Justice reasserts itself and Anders fully gives in to his (literal) demons. their cause. His eventual betrayal, and seeing the once heroic Healer of Darktown kill innocent people, despite the good intentions, hurts a lot.]]
22nd Jul '16 12:45:06 AM OnTheHillside
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** Hearing the growing fear and desperation in [[spoiler:Hawke]]'s voice as they're following the blood trail, especially if [[spoiler:Hawke is normally a DeadpanSnarker]]. Normally, the only guy who gets to play with my heartstrings like that is Creator/JossWhedon.

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** Hearing the growing fear and desperation in [[spoiler:Hawke]]'s voice as they're following the blood trail, especially if [[spoiler:Hawke is normally a DeadpanSnarker]]. Normally, the only guy who gets to play with my heartstrings like that is Creator/JossWhedon.
28th Jun '16 4:36:41 AM Wilderstorm
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** The way his voice wavers is heartbreaking. Another flawlessly delivered scene from GideonEmery.
-->'''Fenris''': I've never remembered anything from before the ritual. To have it all come back in a rush, only to lose it... I can't. I ''can't''.
-->'''Hawke, desperately''': We can work through this.

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** The way his voice wavers before settling into defeat is heartbreaking. Another flawlessly delivered scene from GideonEmery.
scene, made all the more devastating by the fear growing in ''Hawke's'' voice as s/he realizes what is happening.
-->'''Fenris''': I've never remembered anything from before the ritual.anything. To have it all come back in a rush, only to lose it... I can't. I ''can't''.
-->'''Hawke, desperately''':
can't.
-->'''Hawke''':
We can work through this.
27th Jun '16 11:18:11 AM Wilderstorm
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-->'''Fenris''': All I wanted was to be happy... just for a little while. Forgive me.

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-->'''Hawke, desperately''': We can work through this.
-->'''Fenris''': I'm sorry. I feel like such a fool. All I wanted was to be happy... just for a little while. Forgive me.
27th Jun '16 11:16:28 AM Wilderstorm
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** The way his voice wavers is heartbreaking. Another flawlessly delivered scene from GideonEmery.
-->'''Fenris''': I've never remembered anything from before the ritual. To have it all come back in a rush, only to lose it... I can't. I ''can't''.
-->'''Fenris''': All I wanted was to be happy... just for a little while. Forgive me.
19th Jun '16 2:37:18 AM Koveras
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* During the Templar endgame, just before [[spoiler:Orsino transforms himself into a Harvester]], he tells Hawke and Meredith of the irony that he has never actually used blood magic in his entire previous life. The way he says this, however, with a mix of resentment and resignation of someone given no choice but to live up to entirely false accusations in his voice is utterly heartbreaking.

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* During the Templar endgame, just before [[spoiler:Orsino transforms himself into a Harvester]], he tells Hawke and Meredith of the irony that he has never actually used blood magic in his entire previous life. life before. The way he says this, however, with a bitter mix of resentment and resignation of someone given no choice but to live up to entirely false accusations in his voice is utterly heartbreaking.
19th Jun '16 2:36:26 AM Koveras
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* During the Templar endgame, just before [[spoiler:Orsino transforms himself into a Harvester]], he tells Hawke and Meredith of the irony that he has never actually used blood magic in his entire previous life. The way he says this, however, with a mix of resentment and resignation of someone given no choice but to live up to entirely false accusations in his voice is utterly heartbreaking.
30th May '16 10:32:26 AM AnotherGuy
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** This is also not mentioning the [[SarcasmMode sweet and comforting comments]] that Anders and Fenris have for her, such as "... the world is a poorer place with you left in it" and [[spoiler: "I'm not sorry she's dead. I'm only sorry she died for you."]]

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** This is also not mentioning the [[SarcasmMode sweet and comforting comments]] that Anders and Fenris have for her, such as "... the world is a poorer place with you left in it" it"[[note]]Fenris will say, "For once, I agree with you." if he's present[[/note]] and [[spoiler: "I'm not sorry she's dead. I'm only sorry she died for you."]]
9th May '16 9:17:57 PM Biagio
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** One of the dialogue options during the consolation is for Hawke to say that magic ruins everything. If you're wooing Merrill and if your a mage this is especially heartbreaking.
1st May '16 9:26:18 PM akanesarumara
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*** Similar to how picking Blood Mage as a specialization adds a level of heartwarming to the Merrill romance, picking Spirit Healer in an Anders romance adds first a level of heartwarming then turns it into pure tearjerker, especially given the description of Spirit Healers all but stating they basically all did what Anders did with Justice. You learn the magic he uses, potentially even let a Fade spirit into your body just as he did, then watch as he falls apart, probably wondering how long until the same will happen to you.
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