spicyshimmy just posted a fantastic post about carver, and i have been meaning to say some things about bethany but kept…forgetting… she just reminded me that i wanted to do this! it is really difficult for me, okay, because i love both of the hawke siblings so much. i personally have a ridiculously hard time playing a mage because standing back and blowing things up has never been my preferred playing style, so more often than not, bethany is my survivor, and it breaks my little black heart because i absolutely adore carver too. they are both wonderful characters in their own right.
but it really bums me out when people say bethany is a boring character! because honestly, she is one of my favorites.
This. This this this forever. It bums me out when people say she’s boring, or weak - because really, she’s neither. You can be gentle with a spine of steel. (And honestly, she can snark pretty darn well - I wouldn’t say she’s all nice.)
I think my absolute favorite part of her, though, is something I only noticed on my third playthrough as a non-mage - Act 1 is Bethany, 19 years old, trying to find an identity for herself, just as much as Carver tries to. She’s a little quieter about it, but she’s asking questions of meaning to all the companions, trying to figure out where she stands, what her opinions are. And she comes out not a carbon copy of anybody, not imitating or trying to imitate anybody. She ends up her own woman.
Her banter in Legacy really, really made me love her even more. She’s snarky about the templars, and it’s clear that she runs circles around them. They tried to push her down, tried to Harrow her in an attempt to get her out of the picture, but she showed them all. She took what her father taught her, and transformed it into her own tennets.
And at the end, when she faces down the conflict between her faith and what the institution based on that faith, she’s strong enough to step away what she’s felt she’s betrayed for most of her life and reinterpret, to not say my faith is wrong, but to say the way it is practiced is wrong.
(And as a side note? Sister Leliana, with all her stories back in Lothering, would be so incredibly proud.)