Earlier I made an angry post about my dislike of the ‘keep thane alive mod’.
I give kudos on the technical side of it all because I have no such skills myself, but as someone who loves Thanes character and his arc(even the fudging that occurs in 3) it makes me super uncomfortable.
Thane has a…
I totally agree with the other person who reblogged this before me, but if you still want an opinion from someone relatively new to the fandom, who isn’t interested in ThaneMod and who doesn’t own a moddable version of ME3 anyway, this is what I think probably happened:
The desire to keep Thane alive came from a dissatisfaction of his character arc, and not from the fact he died. If his arc in ME3 had been well done there wouldn’t have been nearly as many people longing for a way to keep him alive, because as you said they’d already accepted that he was dying. Of course they would have been sad, of course there’d be the inevitable BUT 23RD CENTURY TECHNOLOGY complaints, but even some of those people wouldn’t have been interested in a mod, because they would have been satisfied without a desire to change it.
Instead we got one conversation, what many felt was a wildly OOC and unworthy death, and not a single character except Bailey acknowledging Thane, even though you’d probably received mountains of sympathy for Mordin an hour earlier.
People felt that this wasn’t much less OOC than keeping Thane alive, so instead of being satisfied with the death they had previously accepted they went back and changed it.
Mordin is one of the most popular characters, but people don’t save Mordin because Mordin’s end is more satisfying.
You might even have heard of people grumbling that in fact, Garrus’s Archangel arc is meaningless and played for laughs in ME3 to the point that Sidonis isn’t even mentioned, but you don’t see a mod to change that. Why? Because in spite of that, Garrus’s arc in ME3 is satisfying and hilarious and gave many people enough feelings that they felt they could overlook it.
Of course, even if Thane’s arc had been beautiful and satisfying and in character and not a single person could ever think of a more fitting end, there would still have been a mod to keep Thane alive. That’s just plain inevitable, just like having a mod to marry Elisif and Ulfric and Brynjolf in Skyrim was inevitable, even though it’s not really their style. That’s really just fandom.
I’ve explained how I feel because I’m new enough that it’s a good way to reflect, but for everyone else who has had this same conversation over and over and over for the past two years, what the other poster said is true and they must feel like they’re beating a dead horse. It’s not wrong or even irritating to people that the mod makes you feel uncomfortable (i glances at some of it, believe me), but people have a lot of varying and legitimate reasons for wanting something like that and they don’t feel as though they have to justify it by explaining them anymore.
also please note that as awesome as Mordin’s arc is he can be saved just fine, so the player theoretically has a choice
the two LIs you can’t have a canon happy or a semi-happy ending with are Jacob and once again Thane (but Jacob gets to live and be happy on his own, at least)
so while I may not be personally interested in the cure itself in my particular headcanon (it turned out to be depressing but it kinda grew on me because reasons) I understand why other Thanemancers want it
the mod also gives the paramour achievement and Thane’s photo on Shepard’s desk and lore and character consistency and other small stuff that could have made his arc in the vanilla game much better even without the cure present