A Canticle of Arguments

Rating: M
Word Count: 17,690
Characters: Anders, Mistress Selby, m!Hawke (mage)
Summary: Tobias Hawke is just a distraction. Anders knows that—or he thinks he does—but he’s in two minds about many things… and Justice never did understand human emotions.

Alternative links: FF.net | AO3

Author’s Note: This story stands alone, but overlaps with characters, timelines and universes from my DA2 stories Ephemera (Anders/Karl) and Justice in Surrender (m!Hawke/Anders). Broadly, it rambles through parts of Act II, as Anders sidles up to his feelings for Hawke, and tries to reconcile them against living with Justice, and his involvement with the Mage Underground.


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6


2 thoughts on “A Canticle of Arguments

  1. Chewyfruit says:

    So I should be cleaning my house but instead I sat down to Google Anders+M!Hawke fiction because I have recently become obsessed. A link to your website and your writings popped up. Man am I glad I clicked on it! Queue some weird fan girling here.

    This story was great and provided the depth I was looking for in his character. I received DA2 just a week ago as a Christmas gift (no knowledge of DA:O/A at the time) and have already burned through it on casual mode. Barreling through the game left me a lot of questions to think about at the end, especially about Anders and why he chose to do what he did. Then again I’m sure he said a lot in the game that I just wasn’t paying attention to.

    In any case I just want to thank you for writing this particular story and to say that I am going to read the rest of the stories you have put on the website.

    • analect says:

      Thank you so much! I quite understand the obsession, and I’m incredibly glad I could provide a distraction from housework. Always a good thing. 😉

      Yes – there is so much to mull over at the end, isn’t there? I’ve made no secret of the fact I’d have liked to see more choice in the plot events of DA2 (I found it very linear, compared to Origins), but I can see why Anders’ actions are there… and it gives you so much to deal with as a writer. *squee*

      Without giving anything away, there’s going to be an awful lot in Justice in Surrender dealing with the politics and the mindset of what I see as the bits of Resolutionism that the game leaves out (i.e. letting Anders come off as a lone nutjob, instead of showing you the rest of the Underground he’s always talking about…), not to mention the mad place that is the inside of his head towards the end of Act III. Have you played a rival Hawke/Anders romance yet? Blackouts, violence, and arguments abound.

      Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed this one, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the fics too! Welcome to the gory, fabulous world of Dragon Age fandom. ;D

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