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|specialization = [[Spirit Healer (Origins)|Spirit Healer]] (''[[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening|Awakening]]'') <br> [[Vengeance]] (''[[Dragon Age II]]'')
 
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|voice = [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0254862/ Greg Ellis] (''[[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening|Awakening]]'') <br> [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3540491/ Adam Howden] (''[[Dragon Age II]]'')
 
|voice = [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0254862/ Greg Ellis] (''[[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening|Awakening]]'') <br> [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3540491/ Adam Howden] (''[[Dragon Age II]]'')
 
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]] <br> [[Dragon Age II]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]] (mentioned) <br> [[Heroes of Dragon Age]]
 
|appearances = [[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]] <br> [[Dragon Age II]] <br> [[Dragon Age: Inquisition]] (mentioned) <br> [[Heroes of Dragon Age]]
|affiliation = [[Circle of Magi]] <small>(formerly)</small> <br> [[Grey Wardens]] <small>(formerly)</small><br> [[Hawke]]
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|affiliation = [[Circle of Magi]] <small>(formerly)</small> <br> [[Grey Wardens]] <small>(formerly)</small>
 
|quests = [[Freedom for Anders]] <br> [[Tranquility]] <br> [[Talk to Anders]] <br> [[Anders in the Fade]] <br> [[Dissent]] <br> [[Questioning Beliefs (Anders Act 2)]] <br> [[Visit Anders]] <br> [[Tevinter Chantry Amulet]] <br> [[Check on Anders]] <br> [[Justice (quest)|Justice]] <br> [[Questioning Beliefs (Anders Act 3)]] <br> [[Arcane Feathers]]
 
|quests = [[Freedom for Anders]] <br> [[Tranquility]] <br> [[Talk to Anders]] <br> [[Anders in the Fade]] <br> [[Dissent]] <br> [[Questioning Beliefs (Anders Act 2)]] <br> [[Visit Anders]] <br> [[Tevinter Chantry Amulet]] <br> [[Check on Anders]] <br> [[Justice (quest)|Justice]] <br> [[Questioning Beliefs (Anders Act 3)]] <br> [[Arcane Feathers]]
 
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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
Anders was born and raised in a small village in [[Ferelden]]. His father was originally from the [[Anderfels]], but had come to Ferelden as a boy. Anders was well-liked in his village, and could often be seen surrounded by a gaggle of village children. When he was twelve years old, he accidentally set a barn on fire with magic. While his mother still loved him and wanted to protect him, his father grew afraid of him and called the [[Templar Order|templars]]. He was handcuffed and taken by the templars to the [[Circle Tower]] in [[Ferelden]].<ref name="Short story">[[Anders (short story)|Anders's short story]]</ref> The only personal possession he was allowed to keep was a pillow hand-embroidered by his mother.
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Anders was born and raised in a small village in [[Ferelden]]. His father had originally come from the [[Anderfels]], but had come to Ferelden as a boy. Anders was well-liked in his village, and could often be seen surrounded by a gaggle of village children. When he was twelve years old, he accidentally set a barn on fire with magic. While his mother still loved him and wanted to protect him, his father grew afraid of him and called the [[Templar Order|templars]]. He was handcuffed and taken by the templars to the [[Circle Tower]] in [[Ferelden]].<ref name="Short story">[[Anders (short story)|Anders's short story]]</ref> The only personal possession he was allowed to keep was a pillow hand-embroidered by his mother.
   
Upon arriving to the Circle, Anders refused to speak, not even to tell the other apprentices his name. They began calling him "the Ander" because of his Anders heritage, and Anders eventually became the only name he'd use. Anders despised the Circle and compared it to a prison. His first escape attempt was made six months after arriving there. When asked why he escaped, he tearfully replied that he had simply wanted to go home.<ref>{{Cite wot2|160-162}}</ref> He made at least seven attempts<ref name="Codex entry">[[Codex entry: Anders (Dragon Age II)]]</ref>, each time being re-captured. Despite this, [[Irving|First Enchanter Irving]] believed that Anders, however reckless, posed no true threat.<ref name="Codex entry" />
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Upon arriving to the Circle, Anders refused to speak, not even to tell the other apprentices his name. They began calling him "the Ander" because of his Anders heritage, and Anders eventually became the only name he'd use. Anders despised the Circle and compared it to a prison. His first escape attempt was made six months after arriving there. When asked why he escaped, he tearfully replied that he had simply wanted to go home.<ref>{{Cite wot2|160-162}}</ref> He made at least seven attempts<ref name="Codex entry">[[Codex entry: Anders (Dragon Age II)]]</ref>, each time being re-captured. Yet, [[Irving|First Enchanter Irving]] believed that Anders, however reckless, posed no true threat.<ref name="Codex entry" />
   
 
When Anders was still an apprentice, he met and befriended an older boy, [[Karl Thekla]]. The two were inseparable for many years. Anders made no escape attempts in the years when the two were together. Shortly after their [[Harrowing]], Karl was transferred to [[Kirkwall]]'s [[Gallows]], a move which Anders did not take well. He attempted to escape shortly after, only to be recaptured on the docks in West Hill, attempting to buy passage to Kirkwall.
 
When Anders was still an apprentice, he met and befriended an older boy, [[Karl Thekla]]. The two were inseparable for many years. Anders made no escape attempts in the years when the two were together. Shortly after their [[Harrowing]], Karl was transferred to [[Kirkwall]]'s [[Gallows]], a move which Anders did not take well. He attempted to escape shortly after, only to be recaptured on the docks in West Hill, attempting to buy passage to Kirkwall.
   
Anders's next-to-last escape earned him a year of solitary confinement, in which the only company he had most days was the tower's mouser named Mr. Wiggums. According to Anders, the cat became possessed by a [[rage demon]] and took out three templars. His final escape from Kinloch Hold occurred just prior to [[Uldred]]'s [[Broken Circle|coup]]. <ref name="Thedas UK">Thedas UK (January 14, 2012). [http://swooping-is-bad.livejournal.com/1286233.html "David Gaider Interview"]. Retrieved January 29, 2012.</ref>
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Anders's next-to-last escape earned him a year of solitary confinement, in which the only company he had most days was the tower's mouser named Mr. Wiggums. According to Anders, the cat became possessed by a [[rage demon]] and took out three templars. The final time Anders managed to run away was prior<ref name="Thedas UK">Thedas UK (January 14, 2012). [http://swooping-is-bad.livejournal.com/1286233.html "David Gaider Interview"]. Retrieved January 29, 2012.</ref> to [[Uldred]]'s [[Broken Circle|uprising]].
   
 
{{See also|Anders (short story)}} {{Note|This story takes place after the events of [[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]] and before [[Dragon Age II]].}}
 
{{See also|Anders (short story)}} {{Note|This story takes place after the events of [[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]] and before [[Dragon Age II]].}}
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The [[Inquisitor]] can ask [[Varric Tethras]] about his fate. If Hawke sided with the mages, Varric will state that Anders fled with the [[Circle of Magi]] and stayed with them for awhile. A lot of mages blamed him for forcing them to live as fugitives and he had to move on. If Hawke sided with the templars, Varric will state that Anders had to move on from Kirkwall, as no one wanted him to stay in the city. Varric then states he doesn't know Anders' whereabouts or what happened to him after and adds that he doesn't care either.
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The [[Inquisitor]] can ask [[Varric Tethras]] about his fate. Varric will state that he fled with the [[Circle of Magi]] and stayed with them for awhile. A lot of mages blamed him for forcing them to live as fugitives and he had to move on. Varric then states he doesn't know Anders' whereabouts or what happened to him after and adds that he doesn't care either.
 
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Anders is a [[romance]] option for both genders. If Hawke is male, he will mention that Karl was his "first." If Hawke is female, he does not mention Karl romantically. Hawke can announce interest in Anders after his personal quest, much to his surprise. Anders will say he should "check a looking glass more often." If Hawke chooses the 'good' dialogue options over the romantic ones, Anders will flirt with Hawke, and then apologise and berate himself.
 
Anders is a [[romance]] option for both genders. If Hawke is male, he will mention that Karl was his "first." If Hawke is female, he does not mention Karl romantically. Hawke can announce interest in Anders after his personal quest, much to his surprise. Anders will say he should "check a looking glass more often." If Hawke chooses the 'good' dialogue options over the romantic ones, Anders will flirt with Hawke, and then apologise and berate himself.
   
[[File:AndersRomanceScene.jpg|thumb|250px|Anders and Hawke during a romantic scene]]
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In the beginning of the romance Anders will insist that he would hurt Hawke, saying that they might have been able to be together before he merged with [[Justice]]. A romance can still be pursued, however, if Hawke continues to flirt in later dialogue.
 
In the beginning of the romance, Anders will insist that he would hurt Hawke, saying that they might have been able to be together before he merged with [[Justice]]. A romance can still be pursued, however, if Hawke continues to flirt in later dialogue.
 
   
 
In Act 2, choosing certain dialogue options during Anders's personal quest will result in a later conversation that initiates the first real romance scene with him, in [[Questioning Beliefs (Anders Act 2)|Questioning Beliefs]]. If Hawke continues to flirt here, Anders will kiss Hawke, then tell Hawke that he will come to the [[Hawke Estate]] at night. The next time Hawke enters the estate, Anders will be there and the romantic cutscene will be initiated. If Hawke has previously romanced another companion, Anders expresses skepticism that Hawke really wants him, which leaves Hawke with four options:
 
In Act 2, choosing certain dialogue options during Anders's personal quest will result in a later conversation that initiates the first real romance scene with him, in [[Questioning Beliefs (Anders Act 2)|Questioning Beliefs]]. If Hawke continues to flirt here, Anders will kiss Hawke, then tell Hawke that he will come to the [[Hawke Estate]] at night. The next time Hawke enters the estate, Anders will be there and the romantic cutscene will be initiated. If Hawke has previously romanced another companion, Anders expresses skepticism that Hawke really wants him, which leaves Hawke with four options:
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* "Magic isn't for your amusement! Why don't I just do a little dance? Anders' Spicy Shimmy?"
 
* "Magic isn't for your amusement! Why don't I just do a little dance? Anders' Spicy Shimmy?"
 
* "The problem is that mages are tolerated. Barely. It's like you need permission to be alive."
 
* "The problem is that mages are tolerated. Barely. It's like you need permission to be alive."
* "The only thing I ever missed about the Circle was that cat, to be honest."
 
 
* (''When deselected in the party selection screen) ''"Andraste's knicker weasels!"
 
* (''When deselected in the party selection screen) ''"Andraste's knicker weasels!"
   
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* Anders will recognise an imported mage Warden from the Circle in ''Awakening'' and certain dialogue choices with him are different in this case.
 
* Anders will recognise an imported mage Warden from the Circle in ''Awakening'' and certain dialogue choices with him are different in this case.
 
* Though Anders uses a fire spell when you first meet him in ''Awakening'', he does not have the spell when he joins the party.
 
* Though Anders uses a fire spell when you first meet him in ''Awakening'', he does not have the spell when he joins the party.
* If Anders specializes in [[Blood Mage (Origins)|Blood Magic]], the player can have another additional line of dialogue with Anders when speaking about Anders's past with the templars. When Anders remarks there really isn't much of a reason to arrest him, the Warden can point out that Anders is an actual blood mage now, to which Anders laughs.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT0ZwMeNkOo If you make Anders a blood mage]</ref> He is the only character to acknowledge the blood mage specialization. However, Anders is opposed to blood magic in ''Dragon Age II'' even if you make him a blood mage in ''Awakening''.
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* If Anders specializes in [[Blood Mage (Origins)|Blood Magic]], the player can have another additional line of dialogue with Anders when speaking about Anders's past with the templars. When Anders remarks there really isn't much of a reason to arrest him, the Warden can point out that Anders is an actual blood mage now, to which Anders laughs.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT0ZwMeNkOo If you make Anders a blood mage]</ref> He is the only character to acknowledge the blood mage specialization. However, Anders is opposed to blood magic in ''Dragon age II'' even if you make him a blood mage in ''Awakening''.
 
* In the library in the Circle of Magi during the ''[[Witch Hunt]]'' DLC one can find some old notes left in a book in which a young mage made sketches in the margins of templars being eaten by a tiger named "Ser Pounce-a-lot".
 
* In the library in the Circle of Magi during the ''[[Witch Hunt]]'' DLC one can find some old notes left in a book in which a young mage made sketches in the margins of templars being eaten by a tiger named "Ser Pounce-a-lot".
 
* The mage [[Finn]] reveals through dialogue that Anders once escaped the Circle of Magi by swimming across [[Lake Calenhad]] during a weekly training exercise for the apprentices. He was caught again one week later.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQQ0dYqxbEA Finn mentions Anders]</ref>
 
* The mage [[Finn]] reveals through dialogue that Anders once escaped the Circle of Magi by swimming across [[Lake Calenhad]] during a weekly training exercise for the apprentices. He was caught again one week later.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQQ0dYqxbEA Finn mentions Anders]</ref>
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* Anders uses the line "There can be no peace" in Act 3, as does [[Flemeth]] in the beginning of the game.
 
* Anders uses the line "There can be no peace" in Act 3, as does [[Flemeth]] in the beginning of the game.
 
* Anders serves a similar role to [[Wynne]], being the healer of the group. He is even possessed by a Fade spirit like Wynne. However, while her possession is much more peaceful and beneficial, his merging with Justice is the opposite.
 
* Anders serves a similar role to [[Wynne]], being the healer of the group. He is even possessed by a Fade spirit like Wynne. However, while her possession is much more peaceful and beneficial, his merging with Justice is the opposite.
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* Jennifer Hepler describes the choice of keeping Anders alive as "poetic justice", as he would have to face and suffer the knowledge of the lives he took. She also states her belief that he wishes death so that the people whom he killed receive justice as well.<ref>{{BWF|author=[[Jennifer Hepler]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160818115000/https://forum.bioware.com/topic/183173-andrastes-flaming-pants-anders-spoilers/page-8|title=Andrastes flaming pants, Anders! (Spoilers)}}</ref>
 
* Jennifer Hepler describes the choice of keeping Anders alive as "poetic justice", as he would have to face and suffer the knowledge of the lives he took. She also states her belief that he wishes death so that the people whom he killed receive justice as well.<ref>{{BWF|author=[[Jennifer Hepler]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160818115000/https://forum.bioware.com/topic/183173-andrastes-flaming-pants-anders-spoilers/page-8|title=Andrastes flaming pants, Anders! (Spoilers)}}</ref>
 
* David Gaider stated that Anders being merged with Justice may have one of the two effects on his Calling: "One is that the spirit within Anders can affect the level of his corruption, so it may delay or remove the necessity for his Calling altogether. Either that or at some point the corruption within Anders is going to corrupt the spirit." He refused to tell which one the writers prefer due to the possibility of Anders appearing in future games.<ref name="Thedas UK" />
 
* David Gaider stated that Anders being merged with Justice may have one of the two effects on his Calling: "One is that the spirit within Anders can affect the level of his corruption, so it may delay or remove the necessity for his Calling altogether. Either that or at some point the corruption within Anders is going to corrupt the spirit." He refused to tell which one the writers prefer due to the possibility of Anders appearing in future games.<ref name="Thedas UK" />
 
* David Gaider confirmed that if Hawke killed Anders, he is ultimately dead. [[Justice]], however, may be another story.<ref>{{BWF|author=[[David Gaider]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160311160345/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/311011-ask-a-question-to-the-dragon-age-team-at-pax-east/page-9#entry9566339|title=Ask a question to the Dragon Age Team at PAX East}}</ref>
 
* David Gaider confirmed that if Hawke killed Anders, he is ultimately dead. [[Justice]], however, may be another story.<ref>{{BWF|author=[[David Gaider]]|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160311160345/http://forum.bioware.com/topic/311011-ask-a-question-to-the-dragon-age-team-at-pax-east/page-9#entry9566339|title=Ask a question to the Dragon Age Team at PAX East}}</ref>
 
* Anders is the second character encountered who is both tainted and possessed after [[Sophia Dryden]].
 
* Anders is the second character encountered who is both tainted and possessed after [[Sophia Dryden]].
* In ''Mass Effect 2'', [[w:c:masseffect:Ronald Taylor|Ronald Taylor]] mentions an officer in his crew named Anders who had an accident which led to tension between the crew and officers.
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* Anders was a member of the Libertarian Fraternity at Kinloch Hold, though his contributions were limited to escaping alone, and the occasional manifesto or diatribe.<ref>''[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]'', Faces of Thedas, pg 4</ref>
 
* If Anders lives to flee Kirkwall, rumour places him in the Anderfels, the Free Marches, Seheron, Minrathous, and the Brecilian Forest—sometimes simultaneously. <ref>''[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]'', Faces of Thedas, pg 6</ref>
 
 
== Bugs ==
 
== Bugs ==
* If Hawke is in a romance with Anders but kills him in the end, or spares him but breaks up with him before the last battle, in the epilogue Varric mistakenly says that all the companions parted ways except for Anders.
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* If Hawke is in a romance with Anders but kills him in the end, or spares him but breaks up with him before the last battle, in the epilogue Varric mistakenly says that all the companions parted ways except for Anders.}}
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
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Anders.png|Anders in ''[[Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening]]''
 
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Anders-fresco.jpg|Dragon Age II loading screen style fresco of Anders
 
Anders-fresco.jpg|Dragon Age II loading screen style fresco of Anders
 
AndersHoDA.png|Tier progression of Anders in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
 
AndersHoDA.png|Tier progression of Anders in ''[[Heroes of Dragon Age]]''
Gxa anders.png|Anders Awakening epilogue slide
 
 
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