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11 Sep 2012
Directly post-Avengers. Thor knows that Loki has commited great crimes, but he doesn't want the man he's called "brother" his whole life to be cast out or put to death. Fortunately, there's a solution: if he strips Loki of his magic and declares him to be his personal slave, lowest of the low, the Aesir will be satisfied. Especially when it's well-known what "personal slave" is a eupemism for. If that solution just happens to coincide with Thor's own desire to have Loki by his side, then Thor can only hope that his feelings are returned. Unfortunately, Loki only sees it as yet another awful layer in the role he's forced to play.
Thor wants to save Loki's life. Loki wants to live. In the meantime, the chains that are binding Loki's magic are killing him. Literally.