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Why the Chantry?

It’s pretty simple, actually.

The Templars are servants of the Chantry. They are given their duties by the Chantry, they can be commanded by the Chantry.

Yes, the Chantry seems very innocent and whatnot. We think it’s just another place of worship.

It’s not. It’s THE Church of Thedas. It’s an institution. It’s the silent power behind the sword and shield of the Templars.

You see it in the game. Elthina is the only one to rein Meredith in whenever the woman is making a fuss. Elthina is the only one who can get through to Meredith, even when the latter is showing signs of lyrium possession. Elthina refuses to involve herself verbally because she knows that her silence is all that is needed. A “neutral” stance in a time of oppression is a sign of agreeing with the oppressor. If Elthina verbally throws her lot in with the Templars, the mages will realize what’s going on. They will realize that they are being subjugated by the will of the Chantry.

With Elthina’s silence, they can imagine that she is ignorant of what is going on. They can imagine she is an innocent, when the very institution she represents spews lines about magic being an affront to the will of the Maker.

Everyone can pretend they don’t see what’s going on.

By attacking the Chantry, Anders attacks the value system. It’s very indicative of the way the game forces the player to make the final choice between the Templars and the Circle. There can be no middle ground. Elthina couldn’t play the neutral card forever, and with her dead, neither can you.

On a practical level, I can only imagine how tight the Knight-Commander’s security is, especially in the Gallows. The Chantry just proved a very easy target.

(For discussion on Elthina’s character, I really recommend Flutiebear’s posts on the subject. They’re incredibly interesting.)

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  1. geewhathappensnext reblogged this from serindrana and added:
    I’ve also come to the reluctant conclusion that if this had been done without magic/normal assassination by a mage or...
  2. katykuns reblogged this from b-mommy and added:
    her armour is pretty chunky? :P
  3. thefenrismech reblogged this from fafferton
  4. fafferton reblogged this from magesmagesmages and added:
    I believe it’s been said many a time, and possibly in some of these reblogs, but attacking the Chantry is a symbolic...
  5. magesmagesmages reblogged this from vanessasketch and added:
    Absolutely. Attacking the Templars would be like attacking a small outpost of soldiers. Attacking the chantry is a...
  6. vanessasketch reblogged this from surelyforthvakarian and added:
    And I think it’s been said before, but if Anders went after Meredith directly, as in attack her office, then he would...
  7. iapetusneume reblogged this from serindrana and added:
    Reblogging for commentary.
  8. tyboxasaurus reblogged this from stripeydani
  9. lifeisacollage40 reblogged this from surelyforthvakarian
  10. chantersboard reblogged this from b-mommy and added:
    By slowly placing the ingredients in her lovely golden locks. Duh. And the OP must have missed the symbolism in blowing...
  11. purplelemurs reblogged this from dragonageconfessions
  12. stripeydani reblogged this from b-mommy and added:
    "Hey Hawke I need you to distract Meredith for me…" Ahahahahaha it’d the best quest ever xD
  13. serindrana reblogged this from uxoriosis and added:
    It’s a really hard conflict for me to think about. On the one hand - the Chantry has innocent civillians inside, yes....
  14. middlemarching reblogged this from b-mommy and added:
    Cast “Walking Bomb”? Gold star for surelyforth’s response, though. Eloquent and to the point.
  15. b-mommy reblogged this from theladymonsters and added:
    How would he have planted a bomb in Meredith. How.
  16. btgwpersonalblog reblogged this from scorpysue
  17. uxoriosis reblogged this from theladymonsters and added:
    I agree on the whole just killing Meredith wouldn’t have worked. What I want to know is why Anders didn’t blow up the...
  18. dualitygamer reblogged this from redheadnightmare
  19. majere636 reblogged this from scorpysue and added:
    I understood why he did it, but I can never condone terrorism no matter how justified it might seem.
  20. theladymonsters reblogged this from surelyforthvakarian
  21. brotherjames reblogged this from dragonageconfessions and added:
    It really was kind of a MASSIVE leap in the wrong direction.
  22. surelyforthvakarian reblogged this from dragonageconfessions and added:
    To force a confrontation (war), to make it something that could not be ignored or downplayed, and to force Meredith to...
  23. redheadnightmare reblogged this from dragonageconfessions
  24. scorpysue reblogged this from dragonageconfessions and added:
    Because the Chantry was ultimately the driving force, the benevolent excuser of all the Templars’ misdeeds. The Chantry...
  25. upsettingshorts reblogged this from rinjirenee and added:
    It’s frustrating how many people miss the whole point of Anders’ plan. He couldn’t have been more explicit about his...
  26. rinjirenee reblogged this from dragonageconfessions and added:
    Because killing Meredith wouldn’t have started a war. He blew up the Chantry to start the chain of events that would...
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