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A collection of frequently requested changes to the Anders romance. Includes a final kiss for the Friendship route, Anders telling female Hawkes about Karl, a repaired conversation flag in Dissent, and some optional miscellaneous dialogue changes.

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UPDATE AS OF 1 SEPTEMBER 2016: Looking for even more Anders dialogue tweaks? Check out MofCarabas' new Anders Dialogue Edits, which are completely compatible with my overhauls!

UPDATE AS OF 21 AUGUST 2016: As frequently requested, there is now a new version available wherein the Karl exchange will occur in the same place for f!Hawkes as m!Hawkes and not during the Estate exchange. Anders will also stop judging your romantic choices during the Estate exchange and the Justice quest in all new versions.

UPDATE AS OF 24 APRIL 2016: There now also exists an automatic Anders romance outfit change as a separate and compatible file, found here.

Hey there, and welcome to the Anders Romance Dialogue overhaul! Both versions of this mod contains several main features, listed below:

  1. Anders Friendship Romance Final Kiss: Adds a final kiss to the Anders Friendship Romance in the Gallows, as occurs in the Rivalry Romance.
  2. Anders Tells Female Hawke About Karl: Adds an exchange about Karl to the female Hawke version of the Anders romance sex scene in the Estate.
  3. Dissent Romance-Specific Line Flag Repair: Repairs the broken flag check at the end of the initial conversation with Anders in "Dissent" so as to fire off the romance-specific, mage/non-mage specific lines previously blocked.
  4. No Rivalry for Not Flirting with Anders: Takes away the Rivalry gain for turning Anders down when he first flirts with you, because it's hard enough to not accidentally romance the same character on a new playthrough, thank you.

The Vanilla version of this file contains all of the above features and no more. There is an alternate version of this mod containing all of the above features and several others that is known as the "Spork edit", so named because it was loosely based on the edits suggested by Tumblr user InvisibleSpork to even out some of the stranger gender-based differences between the f!Hawke and m!Hawke romance routes. While not all of the original requests were feasible, this edit does contain several features intended to make the f!Hawke romance route a bit less with the whole "this is going to be a disaster and you will only get hurt" thing. It also changes the Anders response to "Don't tell me these things. I might have to lock you up to keep them off you" flirt for m!Hawkes to the line for f!Hawkes, as it was very strange that Anders just kind of skipped over that for m!Hawkes. If these features sound like ones that would appeal to you, you should instead install the "Spork edit" instead.

Installation: Unzip this folder into your "Override" folder. If you are not certain where to find this folder, go to your Documents folder, then find the Bioware folder, then find the Dragon Age 2 folder, then find the Packages folder, then the Core folder, and then the Override folder will be in here. If you do not see an Override folder and you are sure you are in the right place, you may create one. Please note that you should install this mod under the path available from your Documents folder and NOT under the path available through your Program Files folder, as that will NOT work. To verify, this is the same Dragon Age 2 folder that your user screenshots will be stored in.

Notes: If you have previously installed my Anders Friendship Romance Final Kiss mod, you MUST uninstall that before/overwrite the file when installing this mod. This mod DOES contain the Friendship Romance End Kiss, so you will NOT lose that functionality when installing this!

Suggested Supplemental Mods: To complement this mod, I suggest a few additional mods:

  1. Hide Weapons Mod There is currently a small issue I have not been able to fix where Anders' staff will suddenly appear during his Karl lines before disappearing again. I was advised to upload the mod even with this issue, as many people requested it, but if it bothers you then this mod should take care of it!
  2. Romance Outfits for Anders An automatic romance outfit swap for Anders

Acknowledgements: Many, many thanks go out to:
  • Tumblr user Invisiblespork for suggesting the core features of the Spork edit
  • Tumblr user Bubonickitten for listening to me rant about my various discoveries while poring through the game's dialogue, as well as for the save files used to test out the "f!Hawke" lines.
  • Tumblr user apostaterevolutionary for contributing screenshots and encouragement
  • The maker of the amazing Skip the Harvester mod, as well as the tutorial without which none of this could have been done, starrarte.
  • And everyone else who encouraged me along the way! I hope there'll be many more mods to come.

Thank you again, and enjoy!