You know at the Landsmeet when Loghain says “Alistair would be a puppet on the throne. But who would pull the strings?” and Loghain looks at the Warden and he’s just like, “Ah, so here’s the puppeteer…”
DAMN FUCKING RIGHT.
I love it when the Warden chooses to become the Chancellor. If they keep Alistair unhardened, they really do end up having the King dancing to their tune.
Because, assuming Alistair is unhardened (possibly as a strategic move on the Warden’s part, since Alistair is lot more pliable when he’s still a little naive), the Chancellor is the de facto ruler of Ferelden.
It’s mentioned that unhardened!Alistair just automatically sides with his old Warden buddy (regardless if they were romantically involved or not) and basically gives them free reign. In the epilogue, it’s even mentioned the Chancellor was the “true power behind the throne” and, if Queen Anora was married to an unhardened Alistair, “The former Grey Warden enjoyed King Alistair’s full confidence, however, and thus great influence in running the kingdom—more than the queen would like, probably, but she had little choice.”
Which kind of sucks, because Anora is amazing, and I don’t really like the idea of her being unhappy. Once again, she’s trapped in a loveless marriage with a diminishing amount of power over the kingdom she’s served basically all her life.
But, hey, considering you play your cards right, a mage/elf/dwarf can practically become the ruler of Ferelden in all but name.
If you ever feel like you’ve screwed up, just remember that in 1348 the Scots thought it would be a good idea to invade England because the English were weakened by the Plague. They subsequently caught the plague themselves, went back to Scotland, and killed half their own population.
Y’KNOW HOW THE WARDEN AND HAWKE BOTH DISAPPEAR AT THE SAME TIME? MOTHERFUCKING AMELL COUSIN ROADTRIP.
WARDEN AMELL AND HAWKE TALKING ABOUT FLEMETH. AMELL IS LIKE, YEAH I KILLED THAT CRAZY CAT LADY BUT KIND OF REGRETTED IT LATER. HAWKE IS LIKE, I BROUGHT HER BACK TO LIFE FROM A FUCKING HORCRUX SO IT’S ALL GOOD. AND AMELL IS LIKE, oh fuck.
AMELL AND HAWKE ON THE RUN FROM THE LAW, OR FLEMETH, OR DEMONS, OR OLD GODS, OR WHATEVER.
AMELL AND HAWKE WEARING THE AMELL FAMILY COLORS WITH PRIDE.
AMELL AND HAWKE: COUSINS ON THE RUN.