Lies, Promises, Death and Returns – Julie Replays Dragon Age Pt. 4
So here we are in Redcliffe and while the Darkspawn haven’t arrived here yet, there’s no lack of action: zombies and monsters in abundance! W00t!
The flirtations continue in Bann Teagan who even talks about how he would be lucky to marry a woman like her and Fian’s like: “What. Yeah. You know I’m an elf? By the way my fiancé was killed by an arl’s son whom I killed in return.” and enjoyed Teagan’s flushed and flustered face.
Still, we’re here to seek help from Eamon and we’re not getting that before we haven’t saved that village. Plus, Fian isn’t one to turn someone asking for help away, now that she has some power. She suffered through enough to not want anybody to experience something like that. Let’s rock!
Paying off a dwarf, getting an awesome sword, delivering oil barrels to the knights, accidentally becoming the owner of a tavern, getting the blacksmith to work again, persuading Mother Hannah to provide amulets for morale and MUST I DO EVERYTHING?! *sigh* Ah well. Apart from IC stuff, I really love that quest. Superangsty and exciting and very well set. Discovering, organizing AND being a hero? Awesome!
Anyhoo, we manage to fight the undead off and suddenly Isolde is here and everything Fian knows nobles to be. What a bitch.
And OF COURSE she lied to everyone about her son’s magic and thus made all this mess possible. (Okay, if the Chantry wouldn’t ship off mage children to barely ever see their parents again, she wouldn’t have had to be afraid to lose her son but that is another discussion and best left for another time. I have strong feelings about the mage situation.) Teagan gives us his signet ring and we sneak into the castle, free Jowan the imprisoned blood mage so that he can help (yes, Fian believed him when he said he wasn’t responsible for the major bad, just the small bad of poisoning Eamon…). More fighting, a clowny mind-controlled Teagan and a demon-possessed child are in front of us. More fighting…
… and then some magic with the help of our mage friends (good that we went there first!) and DEFINITELY WITHOUT BLOOD MAGIC – we’ve seen what happens when you use that, kthxbye – and the castle is demon-and-undead-free again and Jowan back in prison. I really wanted Morrigan to get some blood magic from the demon in the Fade but unfortunately that is one decision the player doesn’t get to make for the character. Morrigan turns the demon down flat despite her desire for power.
But at least Alistair is superhappy and thankful for saving the whole Guerrin family
and nearly kisses us, we promise him to look for his sister and of course we get another mission, because Eamon is still very much sick. “Would you mind looking for that mythical urn that may or may not exist to cure this magical sickness?” Yeah, sure, why not. But… not now. First, we decide to fulfill our promise to Morrigan and go back to her mother’s.
While Flemeth is kind of aggressive, we still decide not to kill her (she did save our lives and Fian really doesn’t think she has all the facts) and lie to Morrigan about it. Might not have been the nice thing to do but everyone is happy, so – that’s good, right? And while we’re in the area, we decide to go back to Ostagar to look for Cailan’s armour and other stuff.
Mysteriously, it’s winter in Ostagar, and only there. We find the near-naked dead king bound to a cross, are very sad and start killing every darkspawn in the area which are controlled by a Genlock Necromancer.
But more important than the armour, Duncan’s knife and sword, and the fights, we find secret documents and letters from and to Cailan. They prove that he not only thought about an alliance with Orlais but a marriage with Empress Celene of Orlais after having divorced his current (childless) queen Anora. Which is a really big deal… that sadly doesn’t come up in companion conversations, especially with Alistair. It could’ve given the whole endgame another level of depth. We burn the king’s body and finally leave Ostagar behind for good.
Fian still cannot bring herself to look for that mythical urn and decides to first see if the Dalish actually are real. Oh, and in between there’s a whole lot of flirting with Zevran ♥, a promise to Sten to look for his sword, girl talk with Leliana and worrying about Wynne and her inner spirit.