Yeah, it’s Fenris. Woops! Did I give that away? Ok, let’s go through the motions, shall we?
First off, if you have a look on youtube, you can find a video for every major romance scene in the game Dragon Age 2 (at least for the main characters. If you want Sebastian, he is yet to be discovered by youtube uploaders…and me. Still, after playing through while romancing Fenris, I don’t think I could romance anyone other than him. I mean, just listen to his soundtrack!)
Anyway, so let’s start with Anders.
To romance Anders –
Just flirt with him. Literally, the first time you do it, he says he’s going to break your heart. A little presumptuous, you’d say. Well, the guy IS unhinged, to put it mildly.
As long as you don’t rebuff his advances throughout the game, he’s yours. Though there are easier routes than others.
1) Use the the green Leafy option whenever possible with him. (He doesn’t like your sense of humor – sign number one that you shouldn’t be with the bugger!)
2) Side with Mages whenever he is present. If you are going to go against them, leave him home. Though, seriously, I left him home the entire game while I was romancing Fenris and he was still at 100% by the end. He’s a pretty easy one to woo to friendship in that regard.
3) You can be a dirty whore and still get Anders. If you take Isabella up on her shag offer, he’ll still be down for living together. Obviously he hates Darktown.
4) Ask him to move in with you. You will get the option in Act 2 or 3. After your sex scene, it’s on. Tell him to stay and he will. Then whenever you come home, he’ll be there with the same generic thing to say. And after he moves in, your character can find his dirty socks around the house.
Now, let’s talk about the real man option.
To woo the shit out of the tattoed hotness, is a little trickier.
1) He DOES like your humor, usually. He’ll enjoy your green leafy comments, but he also enjoys the snark, so it’s ok to drift between the two, but once you get him on the rivalry route, at least past a certain point, it will become harder to get him to 100% friendship. (You can successfully have a romance with him at full rivalry as well, with varied conversation options, but I prefer the fluffy lovey stuff.)
2) If you’re siding with mages, leave him home. Even if you are a mage, he will love you, so no worries. At least until he is at 100% friendship. Once he’s there, you could kill his cat and he wouldn’t care. (Same goes for all characters. Once they are at 100%, they are yours to stay.)
3) If you want to complete the romance with Fenris, you must have eyes for only him. (Same with Sebastian.) So if you take Isabella up on her offering of a shag early in the game, whether you play as male or female, it can slow down your romantic progression with Fenris. Visit him often, flirt, always use heart icon, and when he suggests a make out, say “I’m willing” (he’ll get shy if you do) or “this is sudden” (he’ll put a pin in it for ‘another time’). Then, go to the Hawke Estate at night soon after and bang his brains out! Cause he’ll be there! (see video below).
[EDIT: One of the most endearing and engaging ways to carry out the Fenris romance is – after he leaves in an emotional huff, allow a flirtation with Anders to take place. You may kiss and flirt in any way possible if you like, and when he asks to come to your home at night, say yes. (I chose to do these things WITHOUT Fenris present so, if he’s around I’m not sure if it will work as smoothly…though to be honest, I think bioware would be too lazy to add in a jilted lover response to Fenris. That would take work, and they don’t believe in that. :P) When he arrives at your home for sweet loving, he will insult Fenris. I responded with rage and he left. In the next Act, Fenris confessed his undying love despite the almost flirtation. I am not sure if this method will work if you sleep with Anders or Isabella and then jilt them right after, but without sexing anyone else up, but still engaging in the flirtation, you can still get your Fenris make out on. WOOT!]
4) Fenris does NOT move in with your character. He plans to stay with you til his death, but moving into your mansion is not on his agenda, which is fitting to his ‘finally a free man’ character.
Spoilers may exist beyond this point. No wait, yes. They exist beyond this point.
Why Anders loses.
He is constantly ranting about his agenda, which ruins the character interaction for me. With Fenris, if you click on him in game while in love with him, he responds with “I enjoy following you,” or “I’m yours” in a smoky come hither voice. It helps to create a mood that an Anders romance doesn’t succeed at.
Anders is, technically, an abomination, so if you’re playing a good character (which I am duty bound by spiritual integrity and a softy heart to always play), Anders is questionable. He means well, so you think, so you put up with his possession. Then he kills a bunch of innocent people in an act of terrorism in the final act and you’re standing there going – Wait, what? But…but he’s my romance choice. How do I get a happy ending when I am going out with a terrorist? By completely denouncing your character’s values, that’s how! Or, just play evil or neutral. (Not that either things really exist in this somewhat dumbed down version of Bioware RPG.)
Now, with Fenris, he’s equally ‘tortured’ (as I often refer to Anders) and also fixated on vengeance, but his vengeance is directed and carried out toward those involved with the Slaver he’s recently escaped from. He is capable of ripping hearts out, even after he’s given his word that he won’t and all, but still – not a terrorist. Also, he’s a MAN. Rather than whine, he fumes. It’s more tolerable.
Also, unlike Anders, who is down from Jump Street, Fenris will shag your brains out and then leave, feeling tortured. Don’t worry, he is still your romance, as long as you don’t make nasty comments or push him away when he shows affection afterward. Just keep with the heart dialogue option when available and you’ll have this crazy passionate make out session before the final battle. Epic WIN!
Also, in the end, if you’ve romanced Fenris, even when you side with the mages, he’ll stay with you. Far happier ending, friends. You don’t have to accept a terrorist to get it, either.
Now, my qualms with the romance options in Dragon Age 2 were mentioned in a previous post, but I will air them here to compound them. The in-play dialogue options have been removed, so flirtatious exchanges and smooches, or getting some the night before battle – yeah, all of those things are gone, which is extremely lame. Also, if you’re playing as a female going after a male, your romance/sex scenes are a fraction of the size of a male Hawke going after Isabella or Merrill. (Literally, this was a moment when the sex of the programmers was clear. Merrill is seen in her undies for a good two minutes and Isabella climbs on Hawke and rides him across the room, but Anders and Fenris – never unclothed even for a second. What, they don’t think chicks like naked dudes? :P)
Interestingly enough, the lack of scenes with characters (I mean literally, even the ones you’re NOT romancing) is a good part of the reason why the Ander’s romance doesn’t feel involved enough. You go from zero to sixty in two seconds, then never get any real interaction after that, because you’re only given quest related dialogue scenes. (As you may recall, you could talk Alistair’s ear off for days in DA, and make out with him in front of scoffing party members. That made the romance aspect of the story far more engaging and fully immersive. The DA2 approach definitely leaves much to be desired in that department, pun COMPLETELY intended.
Fenris on the other hand, given his retreat and return to the romance, his in-play sweet nothings, and his passionate make outs, with appropriate build up, made way for a far more satisfying romance angle. Seriously, just watch this for the smolder.
Tell me that agro approach wasn’t hot sex, followed by the emotional “I can’t” in the scene following. Such a better character. For reals.
I’m sorry to everyone who thinks the romance side of the story is silly, I say this – I play these games FOR the story, and when there is a good romance involved, I’m involved. When there isn’t, I’m just not. Period.
I must be a girl. 🙂