13. Your Warden’s opinions of the following social issues: the plight of the Alienage elves, racism in general, maleficarum, the dwarven caste system.
Alienage Elves: She feels kind of squicky about this situation. Their plight is terrible, and let’s face it, she has participated in the whole social structure all her life. Selling them off into slavery infuriates her, to no end, to the point she vowed she’d never stoop that low. However, she isn’t really sure how to tackle it, beyond starting with improving living conditions there. Other than that it feels pretty daunting to try and improve hundreds of years of discrimination and hate. Alistair deciding to appoint one as an advisor does a lot to make her feel better, because it gives her someone to tell her just what she can do to try and make this better. And the Hero of Ferelden has some collateral to spend to get people to shut up if they try to disagree.
Racism in general: Considering the people she’s hung out with, Florence is pretty cool with anyone who meets these base requirements. 1) Not trying to stab her in squishy bits, and 2) not too crazy. Duncan’s message about Grey Wardens recruiting from everywhere really sticks with her. It isn’t what somebody is, but who they are that counts. When your back is against the wall, are you really going to argue about who’s offering help?
Maleficarum: Until she spent more time with Anders in Amaranthine, Florence really didn’t have a grasp on mages/magic/the Circle beyond some magic being bad and resulting in people being possessed by demons, and that she didn’t like the demon possession part. However, she also didn’t like the “burn the countryside and then salt the earth” plan the Rite of Annulment offers to counter a couple of possessed mages. Her opinion boils down to not minding mages until they start murdering (if it’s not self-defense).
She’d rather leave dealing with maleficarum to mages and the Circle because she is not an expert. She can’t even remember the last time a Cousland was sent to a Circle. So she thinks hey, how about we just leave this evil mage thing to non-evil mages. Of course, given that the Chantry is in Orlais, and is fond of Exalted Marches, this conflicts directly with the ‘avoiding war with Orlais to spend more time with the darling husband’ plan.
Dwarven Caste System: In so far as she can tell utterly pointless. Telling a whole group of people they can’t rise to anything greater doesn’t really make sense, because from what she can tell it doesn’t do anything except piss off those people. And they may not have “Ancestors”, but a great many of them seem to have knives.
Basically Florence feels she makes a better face for a cause than an expert opinion. If somebody can show her the right evidence and organize a solid solution she is fine with lending her face/name/general good credit to the cause. Think Princess Diana championing causes as a similar situation; she knew she was extremely popular so if she showed people what was going on they’d rally behind it. That’s more Florence’s style when it comes to dealing with things.