I have a lot of feelings right now and it’s weird, haha. Please enjoy this gif.
I’ve been intensely discussing this with Timber and the fact is, this quote right here, this is the entire idea, the entire theme of Dragon Age 2 summed up.
From the very start when Cassandra throws her book at Varric and demands he tell her the story, how he agrees but he does it his way. It is his choice.
to the end when Anders puts his life in your hands, when it is his choice to do so and your choice on how to move forward.
The writers have said that DA2 is about individual choice and freedom vs the security as a whole. That by turning their pages when their ready, they affect the story as a whole.
The quote speaks on the fourth wall, the player making each of their choices when ready and how they want. They move forward how they want.
It speaks to Hawke, whose entire life is built on choices and moving forward from a past as they are ready. It is Hawke’s choices that affects their family, it’s their choices that affects their future in Kirkwall, and it is their choice on whether to hang onto the issue or move forward when all is reduced to darkness. It’s Hawke who choose whether to help their companions turn the pages of their books or ignore them and lose them.
It even speaks to each of the companions:
To Isabela who chooses whether she wants to build friendships and become a better person or linger in the life she had before. Who chooses when she wants to admit he love for Hawke and not before then.
To Merrill who chooses what is more important her clan or her history, whether she wants to linger in the past or move on in the future. Who chooses whether she wishes to leave behind who she is and start a new story with Hawke in Kirkwall.
To Fenris who has to choose whether he wishes to remain filled with hatred or look for a new perspective. Who makes his own decisions on how to express his freedom and who he trusts. Who has to decide if he wishes to let Hawke help him, to help him move on.
To Anders who is forced between staying a loud but ignored force or refusing to be ignored once more. Who has to decide just who and where he wants to be in his fight for mages. Who does not trust himself to turn the next page at the end of it all when he is wasting away and asks for Hawke’s help, because while he can’t trust himself he knows he can trust Hawke.
And to Varric who knows that a good story is paced well, where every flip of a page should be done with a good hook and hanging end.
And Aveline who follows this thought from start to finish, who remembers the big man looking so small in the Hospice cot and whose hands shook in hers as they turned those pages together.
To all of them who turn page after page together, creating a story Varric is proud to tell and they were all proud to live. A story that needs to be told and told right, with every flip of the page being your choice.