Confession: It really bothers me that as Hawke you have to work your ass off to have a romantic, meaningful, sexual relationship with Fenris because he is so damaged and shut off. But if you don’t romance him, he ends up bed buddies with Isabela and has no problems.
Maybe it’s because Isabela doesn’t make him feel like her slave.
I have so many feels about this ship you guys. As much as I don’t like that you can’t really play a Hawke that doesn’t trip over Fenris’ ptsd/triggers, and can’t play the romance in a way that doesn’t amount to rubbing salt in his wounds until he’s numb to it, I do like that you can infer that Isabela is conscious of those things from the difference described in the confession.
Maybe all the guy needs is a fuck buddy and some space.
+1 for Isabela
1. Isabella’s non-committal surface attitude makes her easy to get closer to for someone who has issues committing and trusting.
2. She is a victim of abuse and was a sort of slave herself. She uses her aggressive sexuality and troublemaking as a wall to shut people out, like Fenris uses his anger and distrust. Maybe the two can relate.
Yes, yes and yes to all the above EXCEPT I don’t find it hard to build a loving and meaningful relationship with Fenris at all. Actually he is my number one when it comes to finding a partner for Hawke and I enjoy building up to it very much. Of course it takes time and patience to build something like that with someone who has suffered so much, but that makes it all the more wonderful and in the end worth it. For both parties :)
(Have to admit tho, that I probably played that game in every possible way so I know exactly what to do and what to say to make any companion love/hate me, but that just btw)
Also Isabela. Love that girl. Jupp.