Fenris (Dragon Age)

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Character
Name: Fenris
Occupation: Warrior
Title/Rank:
Location: Kirkwall
Status: Varies
Relationships: Varies
Fandom: Dragon Age II
Other: Fenris at Dragon Age Wiki
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Fenris is a character in Dragon Age II. He is one of Hawke's companions, and is romanceable by a male or female character.

Fenris is strongly anti-mage. He spent most of his life as a slave to a Tevinter magister, Danarius. Fenris was implanted with lyrium markings which grant him special abilities, but also stripped him of his memories.

Fandom

Fenris is one of the more popular characters on the Dragon Age Kink Meme. He is frequently paired with Hawke or Anders ("Fenders"). Fenris' strong dislike and distrust of mages makes for a relationship dynamic many fans find compelling. If neither character is romanced by Hawke in-game, Fenris and Isabela begin an off-screen sexual relationship during the third act. Their semi-canon relationship doesn't receive much attention.

If romanced, Fenris and Hawke will share a night together during the second act. This causes memories of his previous life to briefly resurface, and Fenris always leaves Hawke. Their relationship can be resumed in Act III, three years later. This three year gap is frequently addressed in Hawke/Fenris fanfic.

Word of God heavily implies that Fenris was sexually abused by Danarius. Danarius/Fenris non-con and dub-con fics appear on the DA Kink Meme. Hadriana, Danarius' apprentice, is also sometimes paired with Fenris in an abusive relationship.

Tevinter AUs are relatively popular. These frequently involve Hawke or Anders as a magister who owns Fenris. Alternately, Hawke may be a fellow slave under Danarius' rule.

Response to the Character

Fenris is a very popular character in some circles, while in others, he is yet another example of what went wrong with Dragon Age II. Fans of the character find his backstory compelling. Some fans relate to him as a survivor of abuse. Other players consider Fenris "fangirl bait." They find his dislike of mages repetitive and annoying. [1]

Resources

  • Fenris tag at Tumblr
  • FF.net
  • AO3
  • deviantArt
  • delicious archive for kink meme
  • ...

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfic

Handling by Darkwood, Fenris/Hawke on AO3
Never Forgiven by WideEyeWanderer, Fenris/Hawke on AO3
A Second Chance by RedAmber79, Fenris/Hawke on AO3

References

  1. See, for instance: Fenris vs. Anders?? and Who do you want to punch in the face?