Whelp this post from cypheroftyr made me go back and look at the fic I was writing about Anders in solitary confinement… and seeing that it’s like 3/4 done. Written chronologically, of course the parts that are left are the most disturbing when he’s already been in there 250+ days.
I don’t know if I could ever finish it. Most of it’s roughly outlined for the last snippets but… mrph. Maybe.
And on that subject we should probably talk about how Anders is essentially a one-man Planned Parenthood providing healthcare for poor women. For free.
I mean, he provides medicine for everyone for free but the game does go out of its way to mention that he
1) Clearly has helped deliver babies safely for refugee mothers.
2) Probably provided medicine and a safety net for pregnant, virtually homeless mothers.
3) Apparently can cure STDs and does so. Again for free.
So based on this I’m headcanoning now:
4) I’m willing to bet he knows something about contraceptives (I imagine mages would have some sort of magic or enchanted item that does the trick)
5) There’s no evidence of this but sure let’s double down and say he’d help with abortions for poor women, young women, and abused women no questions asked. Yeah, I’d headcanon that maybe a lot of poor Kirkwall women know to go to him for help in that regard and they know he won’t question their decisions, won’t charge them, and won’t tell anyone.
I just feel it’s worth talking about. The fact that when Hawke is asking questions about how to find him that the Ferelden refugees were basically like “if you fuck with him you fuck with all of us” was a great introduction to just who we were about to deal with.
That’s who Anders really is. He’s a doctor first and foremost and he very much carries that mentality with him through the game. And it doesn’t contradict his revolutionary nature and his cause. In fact I’d argue it’s integral to his radical views. He wants to fix a “sick” system, heal the damage that’s been done to his people. But sometimes cures take time. Sometimes cures can ravage a body before they heal. It doesn’t mean the medicine isn’t working and it doesn’t mean it’s not good for the body overall.
Things not to do - spend a large portion of the day writing about someone in solitary confinement. Let’s just say I had cupcakes for dinner to try and get out of THAT funk. But here’s another today —- Part One is here, Part Two is here if you’re interested.
As said before, Anders spent a year in solitary confinement at the Circle, and this explores that experience. It is not pretty or fluffy, it is dark, depressing, traumatic and deals with how it is essentially torture. Your warning! But here we are… they’ll be another coming yet, but not tonight. Oof.
Hey, been going back through half finished drabbles and continued writing this. The first part is here — Anders spent about a year in solitary confinement before escaping in the midst of the Blight to eventually reach Amaranthine.
This explores what he went through in that time. Please note, it’s not light-hearted, I have tried to incorporate what I’ve found about solitary confinement and what it does to a person (it’s a form of torture, honestly) and so this is a warning for rather dark/traumatic/depressing themes.
So, my company has a user conference every year, and every year we have someone come to do entertainment for one of the nights. Well, this year we have a magician named Anders. Anders is coming to do magic for us.
From the schedule for the evening, I quote:
“Enjoy Anders’ close-up and intimate magic”
Things is gonna get FREAKAY if the Anders fandom is anywhere near the mark.
Part of the first person side project I’ve been doing. Won’t deny, it’s based on a number of human rights documents/manifestos (but I was randomly reading a whole pile of them, so I couldn’t list them). I have no doubt his whole manifesto would be longer. But this seems like the page he’d distribute to me heh.