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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. His final escape from Kinloch Hold occurred just prior to [[Uldred|Uldred's]] [[Broken Circle|coup]]. The templars dispatched half a dozen of their best mage hunters with orders to bring Anders—now a presumed maleficar—back dead or alive.<ref>''[[Dragon Age (tabletop RPG)]]'', Faces of Thedas, pg 4</ref><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>
   
 
{{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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* "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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* 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>
 
* 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>
 
* 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>
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== 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.
 
* 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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