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I always left Amaranthine and went to defend the keep because I though that the keep, even full uptaded, would fall.
But I learnt much later that the keep could survive. Is that true? If I complete all the upgrades in the keep, and go help Amaranthine, will they survive?
^ the Keep is damaged but overall manages to hold of the horde and survive. It is then stated that it is fully rebuilt in 5 years. The epilogue is, however, a bit more negative when it comes to your companions' survival if not picked carefully, and some always have at least an uncertain fate when left behind.
As for myself, I used to save Amaranthine because Vigil survives when upgraded, but ever since I have abandonded my "meta-gaming style," I always save the Keep... Most of the civilians are dead by the time you get to the City and the only stronghold that can possibly defeat the darkspawn and keep stability is under attack. It is quite irresponsible to play hero and save an already lost city. And as for the "there are still some civilians alive in the city" argument, well, there are civilians in the Keep as well. There are merchants, most of the nobles have assembled there just prior to the attack, and there may be many more.
^ yeah, that is my reasoning too when I play. But its very hard to leave Amaranthine to die. And if there's a possibility to save both we are tempted to do so. I will try to save Amaranthine next time and see how it ends. If I don't like it, then my canon will still be saving the Keep.
I must admit that there's something very romantic-dramatic about the cinematic of you looking back at Amaranthine and the soldiers waiting for your command to burn it down. Like sacrificing yourself for your LI in DAO, that king of attractiveness in the drama. We always try to avoid it, yet, at the bottom, we are yearning for that drama, somehow.
What do you think?