I guess you could actually spec him to be your lockpicker and trap-evader, although other rogues do it better. Kind of a weird consequence of setting him up to be the team archer, isn’t it? It doesn’t so much match his character unless you do some headcanon about his pre-Kirkwall past.
(This is the problem with a rigid warrior/rogue/mage class system. I’m not so into that, personally….)
I suppose it does take some headcanoning for his pre-Kirkwall experience. Because we’re never explicitly given any reason he would have to learn these typically roguey traits, but at the same time, it’s pretty easy for me to imagine why someone who in-game is stated as having a wildboy past with a family that heavily disapproved of his actions would have to. Evading traps/guards, using stealth, picking locks are all elements someone would need to sneak out of a home, especially one where your powerful parents could easily set up guards and locks and anything else they wanted to keep you inside and keep you in check. And I think Sebastian’s backstory gets to be a little nicely sneaky in his attempt to escape the Chantry.
So I think his rogue status is pretty fitting to his wildboy days. Even beyond his just being an archer who needs to be pretty damn good with his hands. At least as nicely as I think those typical rogue skills are applicable to someone like Varric, who’s a slick-talking merchant.
And in all honesty, I like that juxtaposition of what is expected of a rogue pitted against his Chantry Boy status, and in-no-way-conducive-to-being-sneaky armour. It’s like this reminder that you have to look past the surface, beyond your expectations, that there’s this little steak of mischievousness under the upstanding noble. That suggestion of a whole other life Sebastian’s lived and that those elements while part of his youth are still part of him now. Maybe he’s gotten a little rusty at the whole lock-picking, slipping in and out of crowds unnoticed, but he used to do it, and he used to be good at it. And he’s still got all the pieces there in speed and agility and nimble fingers that will make him pretty excellent at it (given you put the points in the right place).
Look, I just really like Sebastian as a rogue. It’s something I’d never want to change about him. It makes him more interesting that it doesn’t match so smoothly with these preconceived expectations of what a rogue is or what his character role might be.
He is such a rogue in my head. The charm and nimble fingers. I can’t even imagine him being anything else. (basically what alduiin said, too)
I’ve often thought he hung on to the armor, not just because his father gave it to him, and one assumes he doesn’t have a lot of things left of his family, but because it being so very ‘Chantry Prince’ was a reminder not to go back to the sort of boy he was before the Chantry, no matter what the incentives of his new life after hunting mercenaries.
He could easily have slipped back into dark armor and questionable activities, and it probably would’ve been easier, but that defeats the entire point of who he has become in the last ten years. Even if he’s not sure who he’s going to be in the next ten, he knows he wants to keep going forward, rather than back.
There’s a lot of younger folk following me. People in their teens and early twenties. And the thing is, when you’re in your teens and early twenties, you think fanish obsession will wane over time. You might even take a long extended break where you stop doing fandom and think you’re free. You think you’ll maybe meet someone and do all the shit adults are supposed to do like get married and buy a house and have some kids and take yearly trips to interesting destinations and you know, you’ll be so busy living those lives that characters on television live that you won’t need or even want fandom in your life.
The thing is: this is a lie.
Oh, you will grow old and do the things you ought to do, like get degrees and meet people and maybe fall in love and have some kids and buy a hybrid car because you’re conscientious like that, and you’ll have a career and go to PTA meetings and all that bullshit, but you will never, ever be free from fandom.
Because fandom will own your fucking soul until the day you die. Take this from the 40 year old. You are fandom’s bitch now and you will remain fandom’s bitch until your dying breath. Because it doesn’t matter how old you get, OT-fucking-Ps will never, ever stop giving you butterflies. You’re going to be 90, sitting in an old-age home, eating fucking stewed prunes because you can’t shit otherwise, and you’ll still be bent over your laptop reading fic and swooning every time character A smiles at character B.
And you know what? It’s going to be fantastic.
Way to fuck 90-year-old me over, 12-year-old me.