I love the subtle hints they give in game towards Varric’s reactions to Bartrand. We see his anger quite clearly, but I love that that isn’t all we see coming from Varric. When I let Varric kill Bartrand and I got the conversation afterwards about how ending his brother was the hardest thing he’d ever done, I felt so bad for him.
I think that’s one of many things that can really bond Varric and Hawke. He/She has lost a sibling, sometimes two, as well as a mother and you can see that common ground so well when Fenris attempts to kill Varania. They both know how bad it hurts and Varric especially knows that killing a family member who has wronged you doesn’t necessarily make it better, no matter how satisfying it might be for that one moment when the killing blow is delivered.
All right. I’m done with my silly rambling.