I’ve been thinking more about DAO stuff lately, and while I always thought Alistair was okay as a character, I never dug too deeply into meta-analysis for him up to this point. Also, whitethornwolf asked me for Alistair meta almost a year ago now (I bet you thought I forgot :x), so I thought I’d finally give her what she asked for.
Anyway, I was thinking about how people constantly criticize him for being flaky, or whiny, or emotional, or naive. And maybe he is, to an extent, but I don’t think he’s overly so, or unjustifiably so.
His whole life, he’s been bounced around like a pinball, shuffled around to suit other people’s needs and wants. He’s got all these responsibilities and things expected of him, and yet he’s kept in the dark and never really taught the ins and outs of much of anything. He has no real roots, and makes a lot of mistakes because he’s blundering around blindly more often than not.
I would even go further on the PC-point. He not only respects you for taking lead.
I think there is somwhow the hope in him to experience the same things from now on. The pc is not keeping him out. S/He is including him, sharing the knoledge they gather.
The pc is taking him serious. S/He is no father figure like Duncan has been. S/He is the first real friend he ever had. He tells us thet both the rich and the poor kids hated him for what he is. Even his first father figure, Eamon, had to give him away because of this. And the Warden just stayed the same after knowing that he is the bastad prince. A friend who he considers loyal. And If s/he is recruiting Loghain, Alistat feels betrayed again. Like it has been his whole life. The one person, he considered he considered a freind, something like a family, a sibling maybe, if you don’t romance him, or his love if you do, makes a decision, that hurts him so much, that he can’t fogive it.
Again he seems to be the little boy no one cares to listen to. He thought they both had wittnesed the same things and came to the same conclusions. He trusted the Warden and now s/he decides to let the one person live that Alistair focused on his whole hate the last months. The person that has destroyed his perfect little world within the Wardens. His surrogate family.
I can perfectly understand that he takes his leave here. “If my opinion is nothing worth to you and you don’t care about all the people that have died because of him, you are no person I want to support.”
(Okay, I hope I didn’t make any mistakes that make it impossible to understand waht I wanted to say.)
I accidently chose the wrng line in the landsmeet… had to watch Alistair leaving Lientje.. omg.. I fogot how heartbreaking that is.
I think that’s the revenge for not watching his healthbar properly in the first attempt and letting him die. gnah!
first task done, now some Origin? There is some Ash to be collected.
Sooo, now some more DA:O until 9 pm. Then ME3 mp with my favorite boys :D <3 We will fail so completely after not playing it for weeks! It will be so much fun!
Oh and I decided: the nex playthrough will definitely be a Zev romance.. Alistar won’t get the next warden, too.. no he won’t… probably…