The Stuff of Legends – Julie Replays Dragon Age Pt. 6
(Beware: lots of pictures, not so much coherent telling. Sorry about that.)
After leaving the Brecilian Forest, we decide to “do some stuff” first before actually going on the Legendary-Urn-Quest. Side quest and companion quests and DLCs, to be exact. This is the point where I get a bit fuzzy about what to play next, maybe because I don’t like the Dwarven Quests that much and I know after the Urn I can’t get around it anymore.
So, companion quests, like looking for Wynnes old apprentice, which leads us back into the Brecilian Forest we just left where we conveniently have another sidequest to complete anyways. So, while searching for Aeirin, we find mysteriously large blood stains…
… and supercreepy, faceless blood mages. Probably responsible for the huge stain.
Yes, that’s the DA2 champion armour. Kirkwall Exports tends to give NPC bloodmages this armour.
We also have our first journey back to Denerim, which is IC wise full of angst for Fian (you’ll get to read about that in a letter or two. You remember Letter from Thedas? Make sure to take a look!) , full of disappointment for Alistair who discovers his half-sister is kind of shitty.
Don’t worry, Alistair, actually she’s not even your sister. Not even half.
Apart from random nakedness which was probably caused by a faulty mod,
Denerim also has some challenging fights, including the one against Marjolaine, whom we of course kill.
The back alleys also have some people waiting for you, so be prepared and take cover from the sometimes fiver or more potent archers! They did cost me some lives, I can tell you that.
In between, we get Sten’s sword and talk to Morrigan (who hides way back in the camp next to a cow for some reason).
Oh, and we also finally get Shale out of her stalemate. So-to-speak. And yes, while doing so, we rescue another child from a demon. What is it with you, Bioware?! Shale decides to come with us, we give her MORE sparklypoo and pointedly ignore the patches of bird mush we leave behind.
A last snuggle with my beloved (I love this mod so much)…
… and then we finally go and search the Urn of Sacred Ashes. We learned in Denerim that Brother Genitivi had been going to some village named Haven because he suspected the Urn to be there or at least to find a clue. Arriving there, we get pretty quickly that the village is somewhat weird. I mean, a child playing with fingerbones (Seriously, Bioware, STOP WITH THE CREEPY CHILDREN!)… a bloodstained altar in a normal house, a dead knight and… ah, they’re attacking. Of course.
Let’s kill all the weirdos and hey look, it’s Brother Genitivi! We decide that he cannot come with us and should rather go home and let us handle the Urn stuff. He’s a good boy and goes home. I mean, seriously, he was severly injured!
In the mountains, we discover that leaving the injured Genitivi behind was a good idea. Man, there are many fanatics up there. Oh, and drakes and dragonlings and their dinner…
.. and of course, their Mom is also there.
Such a beauty. But, Fian has been raised with the Chantry and the belief that the Maker and Andraste are real. Plus, her nightmare visions of archdemons (or tainted dragons, if you like) kind of make her scared of dragons, so that the fanatics belief of Andraste being reborn in a dragon just doesn’t work for her. Like, not at all. So rather than listening to the fanatics, we of course, kill everything and everyone. Including the dragon.
The labyrinth also has some holy guacamole fights. The one with the Enchanter and the two drakes at the nest? DAMN! That one took me ages! But in the end, we are more than rewarded for the quest. We basically learn that Andraste really was real. We even speak to the ghosts of people who KNEW her! *mindblowing*
Then, we die and die and die and die and DIE again and again while fighting ourselves which taught me some new tactics, actually. I’m using Mark of Death way more often now, and Wynnes Lifeward as well.
Then a puzzle and then…
We find it! And cure Eamon. Whom I do not like.
Following his waking, one of the most stupid conversations of the game takes place.
Eamon: “Loghain is honorable and does not want any power! Seriously!”
Teagan: “But he took power! He is mad!”
Eamon: “Indeed he is mad! He must be killed! And then Alistair will be king!”
Alistair: “No? I don’t want to?!”
Eamon: “Who cares! It’s the only way against the mad Loghain!”
Alistair: “Yes, my lord. I’ll be king.”
Fian: “Wait, what just happened?!”
Seriously. Eamon knows Loghain a long time now, he knows him to always have Ferelden’s best at heart, to not want any power and instead of thinking “Hm, what the hell was happening that he felt his only option was to declare himself regent?! Something was obviously going on.” he goes to “He must be mad!”?
But on the other hand – we know from the letter that Eamon wanted Cailan to divorce Anora and probably knew something about the Celene-Cailan-affair. We also know he has some influence about Alistair (as seen above), so of COURSE he wants Loghain gone and Alistair on the throne. Apart from taking power himself – which would make him seem like an opportunist usurper, as he himself stated – this is the closest he gets to have nearly all the power in the land.
Did I mention I don’t like Eamon?
And while we’re already in a bad mood, we decide we can just as well go under ground. Fian does NOT like it under ground. At all. Off to Orzammar.