Day 16 – Consequences
Day 16: Consequences
What in-game event(s) had the biggest impact on them (main plot or otherwise)? Why did it affect them so strongly? How did they change?
The romances and friendships. Both the one with Sera and the one with Bull. Bull helps her slowly come to terms with a lot of things she struggled with for years. Which in turn finally gets her to a point where she is emotionally stable enough to let herself be happy as the person that she is. She falls back into old, self destructive habits quickly but since she now has a support system it never really gets as bad as it was before to her. In her romance with Sera she is the much more responsible one. Sera still manages to make her throw all duties into the wind from time to time to have some fun. They balance each other out. Her relationship with Bull on the other hand has an entirely different dynamic. She doesn’t have to be responsible or cautious at all with him and she gladly lets him take over from time to time.
When she came into the Inquisition she had absolute trust issues and her behaviour was so self destructive that it could have severely impacted her long term if someone hadn’t stepped in. Coming to terms with her past through her friends help and them never giving up on her changed her for the better. She is pretty sure that if those people hadn’t been around the Inquisition would have probably destroyed her.
When it comes to events probably the things they found out in the Deep Roads and later in the Crossroads. The discovery of the Titan and all the implications are so huge that even Amara feels impacted by it. (and for spoilery reasons I don’t want to write more on that right now.)
First and foremost the romance with Solas and the friendships. They both help her through pretty hard struggles she faces with her role as Inquisitor. Lyssa never felt comfortable in the role as leader and especially not as Herald but the people around her help her come to terms with it and to take a more active role. It is part of why she chooses the Knight Enchanter specialization – to be able to fulfill the role as someone who is looked up to. Getting to know Cullen better helps her to overcome her fear of human men who tower over her and the friendship with Sera and Varric anchors her amidst the glory and nobility.
The end of her relationship with Solas damages a lot of what she has built, emotionally, for it seems to prove every fear she harbors about herself. Dorian is her most valued friend who manages to help her work through it – at least so much as that she is able to function. Josephine proves to be invaluable in that time as well, giving her as much space as possible and welcome distractions if necessary, all the while being open and sympathetic.
Both the night at Halamshiral and the fight against the Nightmare in the Fade haunt her for a long time. While she doesn’t regret Celene’s death, she struggles with her role in it and for some time she asks herself if she is the good person she always thought she was. She often thinks about whom she left behind in the Fade, wondering if she could have done something differently to save them.