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*** This could also indicate the difference in relationship between the companions and the protagonist. The Warden and later the Inquisitor are essentially the bosses of their group. But here, the companions are friends or associates of Hawke's. You might tell the people following you what they need to wear, but you don't dictate the wardrobes of your companions/associates.
*** Any decent author or piece of writing advice will tell you that it's best not to describe what the characters wearing from one day to the next, ''unless'' it's important to the plot. And fortunately, there are characters who fall under this. Aveline and her rise in the guard, Carver and Bethany's uniforms depending on where they end up by Act II, Hawke's love interest, Hawke and Tallis in ''Mark of the Assassin'', and Anders in Act III. Everyone else, from the characters Hawke doesn't romance, to characters like Gamlen, Bodahn and Sandel stay the same throughout seven years because any wardrobe change or change in hairstyle they might have had is not important to the story.

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*** This could also indicate the difference in relationship between the companions and the protagonist. The In ''Origins'', the Warden and later the Inquisitor are was essentially the bosses boss of their group. But here, the companions are friends or associates of Hawke's. You might tell the people following you what they need to wear, but you don't dictate the wardrobes of your companions/associates.
*** Any decent author or piece of writing advice will tell you that it's best not to describe what the characters wearing from one day to the next, ''unless'' it's important to the plot. And fortunately, there are characters who fall under this. Aveline and her rise in the guard, Carver and Bethany's uniforms depending on where they end up by Act II, Hawke's love interest, Hawke and Tallis in ''Mark of the Assassin'', and Anders in Act III. Everyone else, from like the characters companions Hawke doesn't romance, romance to characters like Gamlen, Bodahn and Sandel Sandal stay the same throughout seven years because any wardrobe change or change in hairstyle they might have had is not important to the story.



* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side. He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling), is not [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers mutually exclusive with another companion]] (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will never betray Hawke (unlike Isabela with the relic, and Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, and Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke chooses.]] Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.

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* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's the {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side. He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling), is not [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers mutually exclusive with another companion]] (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will never betray Hawke (unlike Isabela with the relic, and Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, and Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke chooses.]] Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.


* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side; He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling]], is not [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers mutually exclusive with another companion]] (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will never betray Hawke (unlike Isabela with the relic, or Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, and Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke chooses]]. Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.

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* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side; side. He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling]], sibling), is not [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers mutually exclusive with another companion]] (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will never betray Hawke (unlike Isabela with the relic, or and Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, and Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke chooses]]. chooses.]] Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.


* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side; He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling]], is not [[MutallyExculsivePartyMembers mutually exculsive with another companion (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will under no circumstances betray Hawke (unlike Isabela with the relic, or Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke chooses]]. Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.

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* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side; He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling]], is not [[MutallyExculsivePartyMembers [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers mutually exculsive exclusive with another companion companion]] (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will under no circumstances never betray Hawke (unlike Isabela with the relic, or Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, and Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke chooses]]. Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.


* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, it is he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end he is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side. He will under no circumstances betray Hawke (unlike Isabela), and will stick with Hawke regardless of friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke picks in the endgame (unlike every other companion)]]. Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.

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* The reason Varric is so universally awesome is because he is essentially Hawke's {{Deuteragonist}} masquerading as a regular party member (downplaying his role is easy for him to do, being TheNarrator and all). But even in his own narration, Varric is almost as important to the plot as Hawke: it is his (and Bartrand's) expedition that brings the lyrium idol to the surface, it is he who introduces Hawke to Anders, he keeps the whole Hawke Enterprise going [[TheSpymaster from the shadows]], and in the end he is the only companion [[spoiler:who is guaranteed to remain at Hawke's side. side; He cannot die (unlike Hawke's surviving sibling]], is not [[MutallyExculsivePartyMembers mutually exculsive with another companion (unlike Anders and Sebastian), and will under no circumstances betray Hawke (unlike Isabela), and will stick Isabela with Hawke regardless of the relic, or Anders and/or Aveline, Fenris, Merrill in the final mission depending on friendship/rivalry and what side Hawke picks in the endgame (unlike every other companion)]].chooses]]. Another really subtle clue is that only Hawke (with Bethany/Carver) and Varric ever get a TallTale segment in the narration.



* Some players have found it odd that Hawke does not learn Anders or Isabela's real names if they are romanced. Like many things on this page, this is probably a result of Varric narrating. Hawke likely does learn their lover's real name, as well as their reasons for not using them, but respects their privacy too much to share any of those details with Varric.

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* Some players have found it If may seem odd that Hawke does not learn Anders Anders' or Isabela's real names name is not revealed if they are romanced. Like many things on this page, this is probably a result of Varric narrating. Hawke romances either, but in said event, Hawke likely does learn their lover's real name, as well as their reasons for not using them, but respects their privacy too much refused to share any of those the details with Varric.Varric out of privacy.


** The repetitive nature of some dungeons is initially annoying, but they are essentially Varric saying "We went to a cave/warehouse/hovel and kicked some ass" and leaving it at that. He doesn't bother explaining what it looks like, leaving Cassandra to fill in a generic location. A generic, reused dungeon interior is now a part of the story that reinforces the narrative being told by Varric!

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** The repetitive nature of some dungeons is initially annoying, may be annoying from a gameplay perspective, but they are essentially Varric saying "We went to a cave/warehouse/hovel and kicked some ass" and leaving it at that. He doesn't bother explaining what it looks like, leaving Cassandra to fill in a generic location. A generic, reused dungeon interior is now a part of the story that reinforces the narrative being told by Varric!



*** Any decent author or piece of writing advice will tell you that it's best not to describe what the characters wearing from one day to the next, ''unless'' it's important to the plot. And fortunately, there are characters who fall under this. Avaline and her rise in the guard, Carver and Bethany's uniforms depending on where they end up by Act II, Hawke's love interest, Hawke and Tallis in ''Mark of the Assassin'', and Anders in Act III. Everyone else, from the characters Hawke dosn't romance, to characters like Gamlen, Bodahn and Sandel stay the same throughout seven years because any wardrobe change or change in hairstyle they might have had is not important to the story.

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*** Any decent author or piece of writing advice will tell you that it's best not to describe what the characters wearing from one day to the next, ''unless'' it's important to the plot. And fortunately, there are characters who fall under this. Avaline Aveline and her rise in the guard, Carver and Bethany's uniforms depending on where they end up by Act II, Hawke's love interest, Hawke and Tallis in ''Mark of the Assassin'', and Anders in Act III. Everyone else, from the characters Hawke dosn't doesn't romance, to characters like Gamlen, Bodahn and Sandel stay the same throughout seven years because any wardrobe change or change in hairstyle they might have had is not important to the story.


* It's strongly implied that [[spoiler:Corypheus]] can brainwash and control Wardens because of their taint. [[spoiler:Corypheus!Possessed!Janeka/Larius]] was going to report to the Warden-Commander. Which Warden-Commander they are talking about? The First Warden? The Hero of Ferelden? Now imagine [[spoiler:Corypheus]] gaining control of such prominent figure within the Order, then slowly brainwashing other Wardens to do his bidding. Now imagine what effects could be if he possessed, say, the King or Queen of Ferelden? The good news is that the First Warden is (according to the game's wiki) mostly a figurehead these days who spends most of their time caught up in political games in the Anderfels. The bad news is there doesn't seem to be a limit or requirement for [[spoiler:Corypheus's BodySurf ability]] beyond eye contact, so he could easily find someone more useful. [[spoiler:Luckily, the third game seems to make this point moot.]]

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* It's strongly implied that [[spoiler:Corypheus]] can brainwash and control Wardens because of their taint. [[spoiler:Corypheus!Possessed!Janeka/Larius]] [[spoiler:A Corypheus possessed Janeka/Larius]] was going to report to the Warden-Commander. Which Warden-Commander they are talking about? The First Warden? The Hero of Ferelden? Now imagine [[spoiler:Corypheus]] gaining control of such prominent figure within the Order, then slowly brainwashing other Wardens to do his bidding. Now imagine what effects could be if he possessed, say, the King or Queen of Ferelden? The good news is that the First Warden is (according to the game's wiki) mostly a figurehead these days who spends most of their time caught up in political games in the Anderfels. The bad news is there doesn't seem to be a limit or requirement for [[spoiler:Corypheus's BodySurf ability]] beyond eye contact, so he could easily find someone more useful. [[spoiler:Luckily, the third game seems to make this point moot.]]

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** Any time you die and just reload the game? That's Cassandra, an experienced combatant, pointing out that the tactics Varric is describing Hawke and co using don't make sense, and there's no way they would work. So Varric tries to do a better job of describing it.

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*** Any decent author or piece of writing advice will tell you that it's best not to describe what the characters wearing from one day to the next, ''unless'' it's important to the plot. And fortunately, there are characters who fall under this. Avaline and her rise in the guard, Carver and Bethany's uniforms depending on where they end up by Act II, Hawke's love interest, Hawke and Tallis in ''Mark of the Assassin'', and Anders in Act III. Everyone else, from the characters Hawke dosn't romance, to characters like Gamlen, Bodahn and Sandel stay the same throughout seven years because any wardrobe change or change in hairstyle they might have had is not important to the story.

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* [[https://dragonage.fandom.com/wiki/Fenris?file=SlaveFenrisHoDA.png Fenris's slave alt]] in the ''Heroes of Dragon Age'' mobile game wears a rather {{Stripperific}} outfit. Then take into account of the implications ([[WordOfGod later confirmed by Gaider]]) that he was also sexually abused by Danarius...

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* Some players have found it odd that Hawke does not learn Anders or Isabela's real names if they are romanced. Like many things on this page, this is probably a result of Varric narrating. Hawke likely does learn their lover's real name, as well as their reasons for not using them, but respects their privacy too much to share any of those details with Varric.


** By Act 2, [[spoiler:both of them have an external influence causing their mental state to deteriorate. Anders and Justice's estrangement becomes much more severe, while Meredith is succumbing to the Lyrium Idol. However, the inevitable war with the Qunari keeps both of them distracted and sane.]]

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** By Act 2, [[spoiler:both of them have an external influence causing their mental state to deteriorate. Anders and Justice's estrangement becomes much more severe, while Meredith is succumbing to the Lyrium Idol. However, the inevitable war with the Qunari keeps provides both of them distracted and sane.with something outside of their growing obsession to stay focused on.]]


** Hawke must: Be female (Sebastian is the only heterosexual romance option), not flirt with anyone else ''even once'', have a full friendship/rivalry with him to even ''begin'' the relationship (''and'' has less time to do it, as Sebastian is not available as a companion until Act 2), complete all of his quests, and [[spoiler:kill Anders after he blows up the Chantry]]. Not only that, but the payoff is somewhat questionable. As a friend, he and Hawke will enter a "chaste marriage in the eyes of the Maker," with her taking vows as a Chantry sister. As a rival, there's an implied engagement once he retakes Starkhaven as he "will offer you nothing less than a prince." But in either case, there's not much else.
** Also, he and Hawke cannot be physically intimate, meaning the romance does not unlock the romance achievement.

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** Hawke must: Be female (Sebastian is the only heterosexual romance option), not flirt with anyone else ''even once'', have a full friendship/rivalry with him to even ''begin'' the relationship (''and'' has less time to do it, as Sebastian is not available as a companion until Act 2), complete all of his quests, and [[spoiler:kill Anders after he blows up the Chantry]]. Not only that, but the payoff is somewhat questionable. As a friend, he and Hawke will enter a "chaste marriage in the eyes of the Maker," with her taking vows as a Chantry sister. As a rival, there's an implied engagement once he retakes Starkhaven as he "will offer you nothing less than a prince." But in either case, there's not much else. \n** Also, he and Hawke cannot be physically intimate, meaning the romance does not unlock the romance achievement.


* There's one for Sandal, although you don't realise it until ''Inquisition.'' Among his seemingly random bits of chatter, he says: "One day the magic will come back - all of it. Everyone will be just like they were. The shadows will part and the skies will open wide. When he rises, everyone will see." When you play ''Inquisition,'' and the skies have ''literally'' opened, you start to get a feel for what he meant. He was seemingly talking about [[spoiler:Corypheus]], the BigBad of ''Inquisition''. [[spoiler:However, he was actually talking ''the Dread Wolf Fen'Harel''. In the ''Trespasser'' DLC, Solas (Fen'Harel) states his plan to essentially unmake the world as everyone knows it, in order to restore Elvhenan. The lost magic of the elves will come back, and all of "the people" will be as they were centuries earlier, before Fen'Harel created the Veil.]]

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* There's one for Sandal, although you don't realise it until ''Inquisition.'' Among his seemingly random bits of chatter, he says: "One day the magic will come back - all of it. Everyone will be just like they were. The shadows will part and the skies will open wide. When he rises, everyone will see." When you play ''Inquisition,'' and the skies have ''literally'' opened, you start to get a feel for what he meant. He was seemingly talking about [[spoiler:Corypheus]], the BigBad of ''Inquisition''. [[spoiler:However, he was actually talking about ''the Dread Wolf Fen'Harel''. In the ''Trespasser'' DLC, Solas (Fen'Harel) states his plan to essentially unmake the world as everyone knows it, in order to restore Elvhenan. The lost magic of the elves will come back, and all of "the people" will be as they were centuries earlier, before Fen'Harel created the Veil.]]



** Also, he and Hawke cannot be physically intimate, meaning the romance does not unlock the romance achievement.



** Also, Sebastian's romance does not unlock the romance achievement, since he and Hawke cannot be physically intimate.


* Anders approving of Hawke [[spoiler:selling Fenris back to his master]] seems hypocritical, as he seeks to free the mages from the Chantry yet is willing to condemn someone else to slavery just because they don't share his viewpoint/he doesn't like them. But it goes deeper than that; he is willing to get rid of anyone who stands in the way of his goal, and since [[spoiler:Fenris]] is a "mages should be locked up" person, that technically includes him. Anders is secretly happy because now one less person can stand against him. He might also view it as if (pardon the pun), "poetic Justice", [[spoiler:as Fenris (a supporter of mage slavery) gets sold into slavery himself and becomes effectively Tranquil]].

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* Anders approving of Hawke [[spoiler:selling Fenris back to his master]] seems hypocritical, as he seeks to free the mages from the Chantry yet is willing to condemn someone else to slavery just because they don't share his viewpoint/he doesn't like them. But it goes deeper than that; he is willing to get rid of anyone who stands in the way of his goal, and since [[spoiler:Fenris]] is a "mages should be locked up" person, that technically includes him. Anders is secretly happy because now one less person can stand against him. He might also view it as if (pardon the pun), "poetic Justice", [[spoiler:as Fenris (a supporter of mage slavery) gets sold into slavery himself and becomes effectively Tranquil]].



* A meta example: you cannot unlock the romance achievement in this game by romancing Sebastian. This is partly because he's a DLC companion, but also because (per ''Dragon Age'' tradition to this point) a romance only becomes official once the partners involved have spent the night together. Sebastian is the only romance option with whom Hawke cannot be physically intimate.



** Hawke must: Be female (Sebastian is the only non-bisexual romance option), not flirt with anyone else ''even once'', have a full friendship/rivalry with him to even ''begin'' the relationship (''and'' has less time to do it, as Sebastian is not available as a companion until Act 2), complete all of his quests, and [[spoiler:kill Anders after he blows up the Chantry]]. Not only that, but the payoff is somewhat questionable. As a friend, he and Hawke will enter a "chaste marriage in the eyes of the Maker," with her taking vows as a Chantry sister. As a rival, there's an implied engagement once he retakes Starkhaven as he "will offer you nothing less than a prince." But in either case, there's not much else.

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** Hawke must: Be female (Sebastian is the only non-bisexual heterosexual romance option), not flirt with anyone else ''even once'', have a full friendship/rivalry with him to even ''begin'' the relationship (''and'' has less time to do it, as Sebastian is not available as a companion until Act 2), complete all of his quests, and [[spoiler:kill Anders after he blows up the Chantry]]. Not only that, but the payoff is somewhat questionable. As a friend, he and Hawke will enter a "chaste marriage in the eyes of the Maker," with her taking vows as a Chantry sister. As a rival, there's an implied engagement once he retakes Starkhaven as he "will offer you nothing less than a prince." But in either case, there's not much else.


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** Also, Sebastian's romance does not unlock the romance achievement, since he and Hawke cannot be physically intimate.


* Pol running away from Merrill like she was a monster was actually completely in-character. He is an escaped city elf, and apparently holds onto his Andrastian beliefs. Blood magic is therefore a huge deal for him and it makes sense that it would terrify him more than the other Dalish.

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* Pol running away from Merrill like she was a monster was actually completely in-character. He is an escaped city elf, and apparently holds onto his Andrastian beliefs. Blood magic is therefore a huge deal for him and it makes sense that it would terrify him more than the other Dalish.



* Varric knows a lot about the details of Hawke's personal and love life, as Hawke keeps a diary to which Varric keeps adding "embellishments". This would allow him to read the rest, even if it is just "Tried to give Fenris the ''Book of Shartan'' today. Turns out he can't read. Figures. Will have to remedy." That's enough to extrapolate the exact phrasing and details based on what he knows of them from his own experience. His friendship/rivalry reflects this: Either he's an "authorized biographer" and Hawke actually voluntarily lets him in on those details, or he's an "unauthorized biographer" who will "tell your story someday whether you like it or not" and snoops into Hawke's journal just to annoy them.

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* Varric knows a lot about the details of Hawke's personal and love life, as Hawke keeps a diary to which Varric keeps adding "embellishments". This would allow him to read the rest, even if it is just "Tried to give Fenris the ''Book of Shartan'' today. Turns out he can't read. Figures. Will have to remedy." That's enough to extrapolate the exact phrasing and details based on what he knows of them from his own experience. His friendship/rivalry reflects this: Either he's an "authorized biographer" and Hawke actually voluntarily lets him in on those details, or he's an "unauthorized biographer" who will "tell your story someday whether you like it or not" and snoops into Hawke's journal just to annoy them.



* In Act 3, visiting Anders will trigger a cutscene where he's offering his favorite pillow to Varric because of an offhanded remark that he's had his eyes on it. It doesn't seem that important, [[spoiler:but from a psychological viewpoint, the fact that Anders is suddenly giving away his treasured personal items is a strong warning signal that he is suicidal and is, in layman's terms, 'splitting his inheritance'. Anders is confident that Hawke will kill him after he destroys the Chantry, and is preparing to make himself a martyr.]] Varric catches on and refuses it, telling Anders to keep it and dream about killing Templars while sleeping on it.

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* In Act 3, visiting Anders will trigger a cutscene where he's offering his favorite pillow to Varric because of an offhanded remark that he's had his eyes on it. It doesn't seem that important, [[spoiler:but from a psychological viewpoint, the fact that Anders is suddenly giving away his treasured personal items is a strong warning signal that he is suicidal and is, in layman's terms, 'splitting his inheritance'. Anders is confident that Hawke he will kill him be killed after he destroys the Chantry, and is preparing to make himself a martyr.]] Varric catches on and refuses it, telling Anders to keep it and dream about killing Templars while sleeping on it.

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