I'm a bit confused and hoping someone can help clear this up. I've read many comments here where fans state - as a canonical fact - that Fenris was raped. I've played DA2 three times and don't remember that ever being implied or discussed aside from a romanced Fenris saying Hawke brought back (unspecified) memories. Did I not trigger a cut scene or something? Is it one of those gender specific points, like the revelation of Anders' bisexuality?
CONFESSION: Despite all the characters out there for DA, I can’t get over how wonderful Fenris is. Maybe it’s just because I can relate in a way: struggling with a force that could possibly want you dead or just miserable for the remainder of your life. I love how he is, even if it seems like brooding. He is struggling with how to survive the next day without getting anyone he cares about hurt. That’s why I romance him. I understand.
CONFESSION: Once I made a character specifically to romance Fenris, and just barely made it with him. On my current playthrough I’m a bloodmage who makes fun of everyone all the time, and HE”S FULLY MY FRIEND? I”M SO CONFUSED FENRIS. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?
Confession: After a painful playthrough with Fenris/Anders/Merrill party, I went with a new party for my next Hawke. It was surprisingly lovely to see Fenris’ friendship with Aveline and Sebastian develop through the game. Next up, finding friends for Merrill and Anders!
Confession: I lost my cool when I heard Fenris’s voice for the first time. It’s the same voice actor who does Balthier from FF12 who I’m madly in love with. So of course I had to romance Fenris in every play through.
CONFESSION: I dislike all of the rivalmances except Fenris’. For me, it seemed like it made sense: two characters who love each other despite having differing opinions on major issues. The rivalmance seemed to play more on their frustration with each other rather than actual hatred, especially since you never have to be a dick to Fenris to unlock his rivalmance.
CONFESSION: As an abuse survivor, it saddens me to see confessions that root for one character specifically due to their flaws and emotional issues but simultaneously disregard other equally flawed and emotionally troubled characters as whiny, especially in the case of Fenris and Anders. Both of their stories are tragic and touching; I wish “love one but hate the other” players could see them through my eyes and realize they are both equally worth listening to, worth feeling sorry for, and worth loving.