For the "What For" contest over at: #Castle-of-Highever
. I normally sit contests out because I never have time to do an entry, but due to a glitch I had to recreate Keena Hawke's profile, so I replayed Jae's Witch Hunt ending for a smooth, seemless file transfer. Got me all in a mood to see Jae and Keena have a convo. I have not played the addon for DAII yet so no spoilers.
What Jae lives for- memories
What Jae fights for- a future
What Jae would die for- Ferelden
Like Keena pointed out, Jae was a bit of a jokester (and a little lazy at times). She is a strategist and has a diplomatic side to her, but it was always off-set with hanging around with her Wardens or husband. Since this was 1214 words already I didn't go into the reason she changed or a theory/concept I had of Hawke's story.
So, the reason behind Jae's attitude change is due to a miscarriage a few years after she and Alistair married. I accept that Anora was always a bit shrewd, but I think it would've gotten worse with all the nobility whispering about her being infertile and some of them (not naming names) pushing for a divorce between her and Cailan. I think she would've become shrewder, colder, and stepped into rulering even more so as proof that she was still a good queen. So that was what happened with Jae. Her failure to carry an heir prompter her to leave her light-hearted joking only for Alistair and the Guerrins (namely Teagan), and to act every bit the tactition she had become to be known as.
As for the Hawke theory; I think the whole time Varric is telling the story he is twisting things, leaving things out. I think the reason the change appearence screen happens later is because the description of Hawke he gave is the default, and he never changed it. Otherwise the appearence screen would've happened prior to the start of the game, and our own Hawkes would've been in the elaborated opening as well as the rest of the story. But maybe that's just me.
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