Again in August, BioWare printed a long ‘behind-the-scenes’ have a look at Dragon Age Four that each advised such a lot and so little on the identical time. True to BioWare’s nature, we may not in fact understand how a lot was once hidden in simple sight till after release, as was once the case for earlier entries within the franchise, however that hasn’t stopped lovers from diving deep into the whole thing now we have realized so far. Hello, it is me. I am lovers.
I have achieved actually not anything to cover my love for BioWare since beginning right here at Recreation Informer, and with over 20 playthroughs of the Dragon Age franchise and a lot of re-readings of the books and associating comics, that love is not going away anytime quickly. That a lot time spent in Thedas has given me a large number of up-close-and-personal time with the Dragon Age lore and I will be able to’t moderately absolve the nagging concept this is at all times at the back of my head revolving round a undeniable egg-headed elf.
Clearly, there might be spoilers for Dragon Age Inquisition under. Ultimate likelihood to again away slowly and faux this by no means came about. It isn’t you, it is me; I perceive.
Complete disclaimer: all the perspectives noticed on this article are opinion-based with revel in within the video games and the lore surrounding them. Not anything is claimed as a “shot at the hours of darkness concept,” however please do not take those theories as showed for the approaching recreation. This can be a speculatory article digging into pivotal moments within the collection.
Backstory, Meet Solas
When Dragon Age Four was once first printed, it was once with a easy teaser video with not anything however a Dragon Age 2 throwback and the voice of Solas. Solas was once a key persona within the 3rd recreation, Dragon Age: Inquisition; A ordinary elf with out a association to the Dalish or town elves, Solas spent as a lot time within the Fade as he did both dissing or smooching our Inquizzies. A fancy persona to make certain, made much more so on the very finish of Inquisition and the corresponding Trespasser DLC. It was once in that ultimate DLC for the 3rd recreation that we had been in spite of everything presented to his true nature: The Dread Wolf.
In Elven legend, the Dread Wolf was once a trickster that lied to fasten away his fellow gods in an inescapable jail. In Trespasser, we be informed that the tale wasn’t moderately how the Dalish bear in mind it. As an alternative, Solas aimed to loose his fellow elves from slavery, revolting in opposition to his fellow gods and developing the Fade within the procedure following Mythal’s homicide.
Via his personal confession, Solas has a grasp plan to revive the Elven empire again to its authentic glory (attention-grabbing parallel right here with Tevinter philosophies represented all over Dragon Age lore, however that is an entire different dialogue) after he closed off the “outdated gods” throughout the Fade’s realm. When the veil was once created, its conception stripped the traditional elves in their immortality and extremely robust magic. This selection sooner or later resulted in the entire downfall of elves as a other people, ensuing within the elves we meet in-game which are both a number of the nomad-like Dalish or the impoverished town elves caught throughout the alienage, ripe for slavers to select.
Whilst Solas appeared regretful, that did not prevent me from in need of to punch him within the face. When our Inquisitor was once noticed stabbing a dagger right into a map of Tevinter with a promise to seek down the Dread Wolf, my vengeful center sang with the risk to take him out. The disadvantage to this is that I have never been ready to forestall obsessing over his arc since then, one thing that the teasers for Dragon Age Four have best amplified.
Whilst Solas appeared authentically regretful of his previous movements and his wish to “tear all of it down” for the elves, damning non-elves to non-existence, I believe there may in fact be a extra sinister narrative right here than what meets the attention. The TLDR is that I believe Solas is much more of a mendacity bastard than we learned. Listen me out, Solasmancers.
I’m nonetheless no longer over this Dragon Age Four teaser! That is going to tie up SO many free ends from Dragon Age 2 – and with the corruption purple lyrium and the idol creating a reappearance, this is able to imply BIG issues for what we expect we find out about how lyrium works. Additionally, WHERE IS FENRIS? %.twitter.com/49HaaeBu6K
— Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy) December 7, 2018
The purple lyrium idol we first noticed in Dragon Age 2 was once immensely obtrusive within the expose teaser for Dragon Age 2. Discovered throughout the deep roads of an historical dwarven thaig, a lone purple lyrium idol was once discovered, and as soon as unleashed upon Thedas, its corruption instantly unfold. Regardless that it drove Varric’s brother and Knight-Commander Meredith mad inside of the second one recreation, we in fact noticed the total drive of the altered lyrium state in Dragon Age: Inquisition. We noticed the way it did much more hurt than the “blue stuff,” and was once parasitic in its wish to develop and thrive. Wielded as without equal weapon, avid gamers had been left questioning simply the place the heck this variant originated from. I believe it originated from Solas.
Nonetheless with me?
Whilst the behind-the-scenes Dragon Age Four video presented so much in relation to which characters might be returning (I swear, that one shot was once Dorian) and who’s new, the actual center of this concept depends upon the first actual teaser with the mural. In Inquisition, Solas labored on a mural in his house under the library, a hand-painted tribute to the arena round him. Unbeknownst to the Inquisitor, Solas was once additionally hiding his true nature because the Dread Wolf in simple sight. The primary Dragon Age Four teaser makes use of a an identical artwork taste to his mural, even though this creative tribute was once sinisterly dripped in purple lyrium and his voice? Reeked of corruption.
On the finish of Dragon Age: Inquisition, there was once a lower scene the place a transference of chronic might be witnessed between Solas and Mythal, every other outdated god. We additionally know her as Flementh, an incarnation that stored Mythal from completely fading away. That is key, however first, let’s back off to after we in fact were given to look the purple lyrium’s results on Solas.
All over the venture to recruit mages in Redcliff, the Inquisitor and Dorian are thrust ahead three hundred and sixty five days into the longer term, a long run destroyed through The Elder One and his military of demons. If you’re taking Solas with you right through this venture, you can loose him from a cage the place he was once used to farm purple lyrium. All over the primary interplay inside of this environment, Solas eyes are an eerie purple and his voice is cracked virtually past reputation, a valid very similar to that of the Dragon Age Four teaser. Is Solas corrupted? To me, that solution turns out obtrusive, however I am attempting to not permit my very own own theories to be conveyed as reality, as a result of BioWare itself has been very difficult in how they proportion knowledge.
Showcase A: Under is a picture of Solas’ Inquisition mural of the Dread Wolf:
Now for comparability, here’s his tarot card that displays off the similar Dread Wolf however with purple lyrium-infected eyes and a extra feral demeanor:
Something I completely liked in regards to the tarot playing cards in Inquisition was once how they modified and advanced with the decisions made in-game. Pre and publish loyalty missions, post-romance – they had been only a few small items to a far larger image. Loyalty, like in maximum BioWare video games, evokes each love and loss throughout the narrative and each primary turning level in the ones persona arcs impacted the artwork taste of each and every particular person tarot card. The above card is the overall access for Solas prior to his identification was once sooner or later printed and, to me, this spells out that it was once his goal all alongside to turn into contaminated through purple lyrium. In the long run, to contaminate himself.
If this stoop is right kind, this opens up a completely other pandora’s field with regards to Dragon Age 4. The most important query, for me, is will Solas’ final quest for elven recovery result in every other blight? Does this imply that his enemies, the “outdated gods,” will need retribution? Are we able to prevent him in time, or will this be every other gut-punch from the studio that I believe legitimately lives on our tears on my own? We’re going to have to attend and notice, however I believe the purple lyrium – and its origins – are going to play a far larger function in your next step for the Dragon Age narrative.
We all know that lyrium itself comes from the blood of Titans, one thing that was once showed in every other Inquisition DLC referred to as Descent. Purple lyrium is just lyrium contaminated through the taint that drives the blight, a devastating global match that we skilled with Dragon Age: Origins with a historical past this is nonetheless no longer completely transparent. In the beginning, the blame lay on the toes of Tevinters however then in Inquisition, we discovered that the preliminary blame wasn’t moderately proper.
In Inquisition, there’s a banter heard between Varric and Cole the place the spirit discussed that, at one time, “the whole thing sang the similar” till sooner or later “the track was once sundered.” Lyrium having a “track” is one thing referenced all over the franchise, starting with Justice in Dragon Age: Awakening. The dissonance between the 2 songs, I imagine, are brought about through the advent of the veil, and that the veil’s advent is what began the blight. However what came about within the veil behind-the-scenes to start out this nightmare?
When Corypheus recalled his time in historical Tevinter as one of the crucial magisters to breach the Fade bodily best to search out the golden town corrupted and empty, it was once assumed that their bombardment is what spoiled this realm and kickstarted the blights. When making an attempt to wrest the Smartly of Sorrows from Coryphi-poo’s military right through Inquisition, it’s realized that wasn’t the magisters that bespoiled the Fade, that the elves introduced the downfall on themselves and that Tevinter acted as carrion upon a corpse.
It is smart that the Evanuris (the elven pantheon that consisted of 5 elven gods and 4 goddesses, led through Elgar’nan and Mythal) could be answerable for the blight’s advent, however I believe it was once Solas himself that led the price, most likely not directly. All the time represented as “left of heart” from the remainder of his “god” brethren, his quest for insurrection and freedom hasn’t had the most efficient monitor document for huh, this was once a excellent determination with out a unfavorable penalties. I believe that the Evanuris, the traditional elves of chronic, took root at the different facet of the veil when imprisoned and claimed that house as their very own seat of chronic, a grasping project fueled through impure ideas, as is the character of dwelling beings, and motivations that twisted this global into one thing hungry and corrupt. That, or they had been there as a seat of chronic and noticed the magisters bumbling about and launched the blight onto Thedas according to the invasion as retribution.
In quite a lot of artwork discovered inside of Dragon Age: Inquisition, we see depictions of stressed elves strolling in a directly line with purple paint marring their our bodies, a purple paint that suspiciously seems like purple lyrium. They are not the proud elves we might be expecting to look, as an alternative, they appear half-dead and enslaved. With the solar overshadowing most of the elves in those artwork, in all probability representing the solar god Elgar’nan, it seems like purple lyrium may were used as a method to keep an eye on one’s slaves. Elves enslaving elves was once a formidable motivator for Solas’ movements long ago when, however the jumpstart for all of it was once Mythal’s homicide. Used to be he part of the advent of purple lyrium, a functional taint, as a method of keep an eye on? Used to be Mythal murdered as some form of a tribute to the Titans when the elves’ lyrium provide started to run low? We’ve got already noticed his manipulations in motion with the orb that he allowed Corypheus to take keep an eye on of and the ability he later gathered with Trespasser, and lore displays that the elves of outdated had been more or less all dicks.
A well-liked concept is that the taint that creates purple lyrium is in fact the blood of the outdated gods, a concept closely supported through in-game lore. We’ve got noticed that with the specified darkspawn blood for the Warden ritual, and now we have noticed it mirrored in Avernus’ analysis and conversations with the Architect in Awakening. Since tainted blood could also be a method of keep an eye on, even though, through a lot more brutal way, this additionally ties into the slavery related again to Solas’ time a number of the outdated gods.
With Dragon Age Four taking us to Tevinter and all the discoveries made in Inquisition relating to the actual historical past of the elves, an historical rating might be settled between the Evanuris – and through proxy Solas – and the remainder of modern day Thedas.
Solas discussed the significance of his orb (at all times speaking about his balls, Jesus), and orbs are closely depicted all over historical artwork within the video games. In depictions of the Black Town, gold and blue orbs might be discovered, most likely representing the barrier setting apart natural lyrium from the Fade, which might lead to entrapment of the Black Town throughout the Void.
BioWare loves its symbolism and I believe the orb’s significance is a long way from over in regards to the tale forward. I believe Solas’ orb, the only shattered on the recreation’s finish, symbolized lyrium’s evolution into corruption and what that suggests for the dwelling in this facet of the veil.
It is laborious to in point of fact dive tremendous deep into theories like this with out having a look into the quite a lot of codex’s and surrounding books encompass the video games. BioWare is amazingly cunning in the way it interweaves quite a lot of bits of historical past inside of this universe, tying within the comics, the books, and the compendium, with out making the video games reliant on the ones different mediums. The studio could also be notorious for sharing primary secrets and techniques in simple sight in some way that no person realizes till the newest recreation is introduced.
There is a larger deep dive right here in regards to the outdated gods and the lore surrounding them, particularly with regard to Andruil’s insanity as she haunted the Forgotten Ones within the void, however that is going to need to be an obsession for every other article, another way you would be caught right here ceaselessly.
The lengthy and wanting it? I believe people who romanced Solas must more than likely brace themselves for extra betrayal and unpleasant truths with the potential for redemption, in fact. I believe we are going to see how large of pricks the traditional elves in reality are, a plot level I would really like to look Dragon Age 2’s Merrill be provide for.
On the finish of the day, the whole thing above is theory as a result of we in reality have no idea anything else but; no longer even a free up window. That being stated, you’ll take a look at extra about Dragon Age Four with our earlier protection right here, and be at liberty to hit me up over on Twitter and the remark segment under for extra theories relating to what the way forward for Thedas holds!