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.
I guess the only reason why dragons will land on the ground (or stop hopping between several un-reachable spots on terrain) is because the designers wanted to throw the poor melee schmucks a bone and invoke a bit of a "sword-bearing dragonslayer hero of myth" notion. :P If I would be a dragon, I would just relentlessly circle around and bomb those ants into oblivion. And make sure I don't touch down too deep. I guess ballistae cannot tilt straight upward.
^^ "Apparently you can hide those things in plain view on ships out at sea, and dragons will not see them..."
Game of Thrones is over man you got to let it go. They can't hurt anyone anymore.
We know very little of Ballistae post Dragon age Origins and Awakening, The Last Flight mentioned them but don't really seem to mention how they work beyond fortifications, and what we do know about them is that they fire at a mostly flat trajectory, are for the better part stationary, and can be a bit inaccurate and that's what we understand about them from gameplay. Assuming they work in a similar manner in lore they don't seem to be too viable an option for using to kill dragons at least perhaps not in most situations.
It could certainly be possible that they use Ballista against High Dragons however I doubt that this was a common method as I find it unlikely they would have used them beyond a few key areas like surrounding a city, fort, or castle for the purpose of defense. Unless, of course it doesn't take much to transport them from one location to another and I guess it is feasible that they could have tracked the hunting pattern of the dragon to figure out where the best location to set up the Ballista and lie in wait for when it's useful.
Still, as far we know they don't aim upward so short of luring a dragon at the right place at the right time, on the ground where a well positioned ballistas were lying in wait, I kind of doubt they would have been used to shoot the dragons out of the sky and rather they would have just shot at the dragons while they were already on the ground, similarly to when Urthemiel was already ground level for you to shoot at him, and were in a straight line of sight to be shot at.
Other ways I suppose they could have kept High Dragons from flying away is how dragons have been grounded in other works of fiction with a constant volley of arrows from bowmen provided of course that would have been enough to pierce and damage their wings. Another way they might have damaged their wings was simply by having a mage available to attack them or use spells to slow them down just enough for someone else to do the damage. It's also not outside the realm of possibility the wings would have been the first thing combatants would have attacked if able.
Beyond that though I think we're just going have to assume that beyond fucking up a High Dragons wings that those very same dragons that didn't manage to simply fly away were just too damn stubborn and pissed off to think those little humanoids couldn't possibly kill them, well the ones that don't often avoid people anyway.
Which is also probably why they didn't nuke the entire area with 100% maximum no chill, like any of us would, with their breath attack while flying around since both Archdemon Andoral and Urthemiel as well as the Red Lyrium Dragon's attack on Haven and Adamant proved that's pretty much the best thing to do ever.
What do you think?