Love interest wise, I’m guessing? I absolutely think Fenris is (though I know a lot of people don’t agree), and Anders could be (but he’s also a physcian and likely knows his way around prevention, and I don’t see him WANTING kids at all).
Infertile Fenris is definitely headcanon for me, Yes to all this ^
*physician. Wow I can spell.
But yes, I absolutely think that the lyrium leaves SOME kind of lasting mark (that’s like willingly injecting poison, nothing good can come from that, no matter how useful it is otherwise), and infertility—among other things—would make an obscene amount of sense.
I don’t likewise see Anders as infertile, I mean, the darkspawn taint isn’t an automatic “lol nope” in terms of conception; Morrigan proved that pretty well, and people mention having Warden parents/grandparents in Origin DLC quite a bit. That said, I don’t see Anders wanting kids. At all. Especially with the very real fear that they might be mages, and subject to the same society he’s still trying to change. Maybe post Mage-Templar War, if that even has a decent outcome, I might see him changing his mind before the Calling kicks in, but the way that Thedas is now? Absolutely not. It’s an unjust world, and I don’t think he would be at ALL comfortable with raising kids in that environment, Justice along for the ride or no.
(And because I didn’t quite get to Izzy:) I don’t think Isabela is infertile either. She’s shown as intensely uncomfortable when it comes to relationships, especially with men, but that’s due to a lot of emotional (and implied physical? it’s been a while I don’t quite remember) abuse. I don’t think it’s that she can’t have kids—in fact, chances are, if anyone had known such a thing, her circumstances re: dowry would have been a lot different. But I don’t think she would ever want to open herself up to someone (save Garrett? IDK I NEVER PLAY A DUDE HAWKE) enough to make that kind of commitment. In fact, she’s really shown as a character who doesn’t take well to much commitment at all, relationship-wise or not. I think that one’s another case of simply not wanting to take that step.
*Throws self to ground*
Because this is a point of lore I’m very interested in, I just want to add that I think in most cases mentions of Wardens with children happen because the Wardens don’t always recruit twentysomethings like we see happening in Origins- they recruit from all social strata and age groups just so long as the recruits are useful to them, and because of this in some cases Wardens have already had children before being Joined. Take, for example, poor Ser Jory, whose wife is pregnant at the time of his recruitment. Or Nathaniel’s grandfather, whom, it is implied, suffered some manner of shameful personal downfall later in life, and joined the Wardens to redeem himself. Word of
Gaider God has gone on record stating that Wardens are very nearly infertile, and conception among them is incredibly rare- such that… well, uh, spoilers for The Calling? I DON’T KNOW IF SPOILERS FOR THAT ARE RELEVANT ANYMORE we’ve got newbie fans up in here and I don’t want to ruin all the shit
Morrigan, meanwhile, conceives her Wardenspawn Old God Vessel Baby with some kind of magical ritual which it is implied she learned from Flemeth. It is most likely NOT common knowledge among the magical population of Andrastean nations- you could make an argument that the the Dalish (or perhaps Riviani hedge mages, or any other cultural group not entirely under the historical and military thumb of the Chantry) might have knowledge of some kind of fertility magic, I think that’s plausible. The specific ritual Morrigan uses, though? I have a feeling that it’s related directly to the Taint shared between the Archdemon and a Warden, and that kind of knowledge is probably very rare, or even unique. We are talking about Flemeth, and Maker knows what the hell she really is.
Those points aside, I’m in agreement on the above comments about Isabela and Fenris. I suspect that whether or not Fenris wants children, biologically they’re most likely not an option for him due to large-scale lyrium poisoning (which, it is my belief, will probably also significantly shorten his lifespan, but there you have it massive headcanon.) The description of Isabela’s commitment issues also seems apt.
Merrill, meanwhile… well, it’s a bit cruel that the protagonist of DA2 can ONLY be human, eh? Merrill spends the entire game trying to do what’s best for her dying culture, whether they like it or not. She’s obsessively dedicated to the plight of Elvenkind. Yet if she’s with a m!Hawke, and they were inclined to try to have children together, their offspring would inevitably be biologically and culturally human. There’s a cultural taboo in the alienages against marrying/having children outside of your race, because in the Dragon Age setting elven genetics are apparently such that the “half-elven” children are born fully human (or, very rarely, Dwarven: Word of God says dwarf/elf babies practically never happen, but it’s theoretically possible.) If even city elves frown on intermarrying, because it waters down their already threatened cultural heritage and gene pool, can you imagine what a kick in the teeth it would be to the Dalish?
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