I've been thinking for a while about how difficult and dangerous would be to kill a dragon.
And when I see how they kick my ass all I can think about is, okay How the f#*€ did anybody kill this beast in "reality" (not in gameplay I mean)?
So, Is there any explanation or technique about how people in Thedas killed them?
(I wish I could ask Cassandra's family)
While we don't know every way in which the people of Thedas, save for ourselve of course, have devised stratgies to slay High Dragons we do know of a few.
For example, the Hivernal High Dragon was hunted routinely for its hide and meat by early Orlesian settlets to stave off winter and hunger. They apparently did so in groups that numbered in the dozens. Which could means they would have some groups to tire the particular breed out or chase it into larger groups to finish it off or however else Hunting parties use tactics to kill prey.
The Pentaghast seemed to have killed dragons in numerous ways. It's not clear if they used multiple hunting parties or fought alone though it's likely they did both. It's possible Cassandra's brother, Anthony, was one of these lone dragon hunters but given that we don't know how he went about slaying dragons it's hard to say.
We do know based on what Cassandra tells us that before they'd become deformed and insane that some Pentaghast would become Reavers to use the power to kill dragons more effectively which in turn would have left them with more dragon blood to use.
The Baroness kind of sort of killed The Queen of Blackmarsh when she was still human, but since she really only banished it's essence to the Fade and then had to spread its bones around to keep it from coming back. Given that it's not a conventional method being or otherwise conventional magic that would have kept QoB dead the first time I guess that doesn't quite count.
We can assume the Qunari have killed or at the very least would have plans to kill High Dragons given that based on what Iron Bull says we can infer that the Qun believe they have to be destroyed since they're considered savage and chaotic and while its not known how exactly they would go about doing this it can be inferred from the captured and mutilated Ataashi that it wouldn't take them much to figure out how to accomplish this with a large group at hand.
Thanks for so much info. I suppose that even if we don't know exactly how they did it, it's clear that different people had different methods.
Even so, it would be awesome to talk to the Pentaghast who brought them down in the past.
I seem to recall the Nevarrans would often wait until Winter before hunting dragons on a larger scale as they creatures were thought to be more sluggish in the cold.
It’s possible they used specialised equipment, such as portable ballistae (life the dragon to the ballistae and fire). It’s also possible they used specific enchantments and maybe even allowed mages to accompany them for their spells (in the days before the circle).
I always figured that most sane people would bring an army, or at least a large hunting party. And rely on ambush and siege equipment to take down a dragon. I mean who sees a dragon and thinks “ I’m just gonna run at this full on and whack it with a sword”?
Lol, true, but I always saw a dragon hunt going dow like the opening scene of Far Cry Primal, when the hunters take down the mammoth. Sneak up on it, stay out of reach, and throw things at it.
Poke anything with enough sharp objects, and it will eventually bleed to death. The real question isn't how did they kill them, it's how did they prevent them from flying away? They can't have always relied on someone pulling a Riordan.
Maybe they used Scorpion ballistae? Apparently you can hide those things in plain view on ships out at sea, and dragons will not see them, even from the up in air.
What do you think?