The religious imagery in the promotional stuff for Dragon Age: Inquisition is worrying me. The parallels between the shot of everyone at the war table and ‘The Last Supper’…
The parallels between the shot of the Inquisitor reaching for what might be Andraste and ‘The Creation of Adam’… (I…
The religious parallels in the imagery is obvious, but it may be nothing more than easily identifiable comparisons. A source of inspiration. While there’s the possibility of betrayal in the Inquisition, there’s really nothing to base it off of. Should we expect Solas, Cole, or Varric to betray us based on their positions relating to the Last Supper? Of course not. We don’t know enough about the characters in Inquisition to start making wild speculations yet.
If you’ve read Asunder than you at least know who Cole is, and all that weirdness he’s got going on. And we don’t yet know why Varric is working with the Inquisition, maybe he’s looking for Hawke? Maybe he has ulterior motives, we don’t know yet. And we don’t know much of anything about Solas, and I ca’t wait to learn about him when the game is released.
What we do know is that we will be able to continue the game after the completion of the main quest. Which makes me doubt a heroric sacrifice.
I wonder if Adaar will refuse to wear a mask at Orlesian balls. If he remembers stories his mother told to him of how the Qunari chain and mask their mages. If he looks at the mask and trembles at the thought of a life he could’ve lived.
How I feel right now.
Oh, now I think I understand how people who’ve been looking forward to a character being romancable feel when it’s revealed that they aren’t. I still look forward to getting to meet Viv, though. Powerful mage women are a standby for my teams.
So Inquisition is soon upon us and there are a few things I’m hoping to see return as well as a few I’m hoping will go away.
I want to see the return of Loghain and Anora. In a world where Loghain joined the Wardens he tells you that he has been dispatched to Orlais. He laughs a little at the irony but otherwise is opptimistic about the whole ordeal. Then there’s Anora, Queen of Fereldan alongside Alistair, and I’m going to be quite perturbed if only Alistair makes a cameo.
While we’ve been shown that Hawke will make an appearance, I’m also hoping that his/her love intrest also shows up. Double so for those out there who romanced Anders. I want to see his reaction to state of things, as well. I want to see Fenris snapping at Dorian offhandly. Isabela and Varric chatting like nothing has changed. Merrill asking innocuous questions to just about everyone she sees.
I also want to see a move away from the approval system. Mass Effect 2 had a loyalty system, either a character was devoted to the mission or they weren’t. You gained their trust by being there for them when they needed it most, and were rewarded for your support in them by their support in you. The ‘give me gift for x amount of points’ has always rubbed me the wrong way. It felt like a way to avoid getting to know a charcter and instead just pile them with presents until they liked you.
I don’t think you understand how much I hated choosing between Ash and Kaiden on Virmire.
Ashley and I were poetry nerds together. Talking Tennyson and tactics whenever.
Kaiden was always a clear head when the galaxy flipped itself. He knew how to put things in perspective.
A perfect world would have Shepard, Ash, and Kaiden saving the universe side by side to the very end. Instead one of them is left behind on Virmire; pieces of my heart with them.
I wish we knew more about what most city elves make of the Chantry. A Sister will come to perform a marriage ceremony for Tabris — is that only a matter of needing the Chantry’s blessings to make a union legal? Or do they genuinely think the ceremony serves a religious purpose?
We don’t see clergy in the alienages, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. We don’t see clergy in impoverished human neighborhoods like Darktown either. And the abandoned orphanage in Denerim could possibly have been a Chantry institution — I doubt the elves were funding it themselves.
But let’s say that some of the city elves must be believers. It would be strange if nobody converted to the Chant after hundreds of years of living side-by-side with humans. Does that mean they’d worship in the same way that humans do? I think not!
Which leaves so much room for interesting worldbuilding.
My kingdom for heretical elven Andrasteans who hold sing secret songs under the venendahl and have radical ideas about Andraste/Shartan. Ones who venerate seven virtuous spirits and dress the Maker up in an old wolf’s cloak.
I must say that’s a really interesting idea. We know that some city elves do believe in the Maker. According to Sliim Couldry: “Growing up in the Alienage you want to believe in something. Something that explains the suffering. I have faith, not everyone does.”
Elves don’t seem to be allowed to become priests even if they wanted to. The Chantry more or less ignores them except to perform weddings; even when demons overran the orphanage, only one templar took it upon himself to investigate. I doubt most humans would be willing to sing the Chant with an elf anyway.
So I love the idea of city elf Andrastians piecing together their own beliefs/traditions that belong to them alone. I love that.
Oooh, thanks for the heads up re Slim Couldry. It’s always nice to hear that canon dovetails with your random spec!
Elves definitely don’t seem to have anything to do with the church hierarchy. I wonder if that’s a religious stipulation or just a gross racist tradition? And if elves can’t be templars or clergy, then what happens to non-mage elf babies born to mothers in the Circle? So many questions.
Now that you’ve brought up culture that “belongs to them alone,” I am totally taken with the idea of Dalish flipping the fuck out about syncretic city elf Andrasteanism. Because of course that’s not real elven culture. Real elven culture is their culture and creating new ways instead of trying to uncover the old is a form of corruption.
I really hope that Dalish prejudice against city elves comes up in any relationship (platonic or otherwise) between Sera and a Lavellan.
It’s likely a bit of both by this point. I remember reading that all depictions of Shartan had the ears tapered in Orlais. Great statues devoted to Andraste’s closest ally were broken because the Chantry declared an exalted march on the Dales. Before that elves may have had a place in the clergy, but there’s a systematic removal of elven identity from Chantry iconography and even verses torn from the Chant itself. It’s all rather tragic.
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”
Would anyone like to tell me their theories about why the Grey Wardens are in Kirkwall at the end of DA2 Act 2?
There’s a mission that can’t be delayed! We can’t stay and help!
Well why the hell were you in the city in the first place?
- Looking for information on the…
After the Fifth Blight Amaranthine is given to the Wardens, and I seem to recall a conspiracy against Amaranthine during Act 2. Perhaps there’s a growing discontent with the Wardens beyond Fereldan? We’ve seen some snippets of a siege of a what seems to be a Warden stronghold in the DA:I trailer so I’m not putting that aside.
There’s also Corypheus and all that crazy. Investigations into ancient Tevinter horrors maybe? I don’t know, the Wardens are a very sevretive organization. With the knowledge of the locations of the Old Gods, the existance of intelligent Darkspawn, and who knows what else. Whatever they were doing in Kirkwall, I doubt anything good will come of it.