I was wondering about the part of the epilogue that says that elves are disappearing from all over Thedas, supposedly to join Solas in his effort to bring back the ancient elves. From what I understood, Solas' plan to restore the ancient elves would lead to this world being destroyed, along with everybody who lives in it. So why are the elves joining Solas? Do they know Solas intends to effectively kill everybody? Is there something I'm missing?
I don't know if this has been answered before, I'm new here, so please bear with me, thanks ;)
^That would be kinda cool. There'd be this whole elves vs. elves thing, where the Dalish are pleading with their city fellows not to follow this false profit. Then when he reveals his Grand Evil Plot and betrays them all, they be can be all like: "We told you he was the freaking Dread Wolf! The god of betrayal! Honestly, what did you expect?"
But I don't see that happening. Openly posing as a god would also get the Chantry mad at him, and they'd be just slightly more of an problem for Solas than a bunch of pissed off Dalish. Plus, playing god was never really his thing.
Some of this doesn't take into account that there are some Dalish who are convinced that the humans are the cause of all their problems (losing their immortality, the fall of Arlathan, etc). They (like some 'citys') would likely be more than willing to follow any charismatic elf who wanted to "end humanity's reign over the People". Of course, Solas would neglect to mention the common elf is as highly unlikely to survive his purge as the shemlen, but hey - minions! Even if he did share that detail, there would be fanatics willing to die for their perceived 'elven glory'.
I also like the idea of there being more urban elves in his ranks than Dalish, (and the 'I-told-you-so' dialogue option) but we'll all have to wait and see what happens.
They do know of the plan and no it won't kill everyone in this world just like not all Romans died when it's civilization collapsed.
^Huh? Solas pretty heavily implies that removing the veil will kill nearly everyone. And how do you know if the elves following him know of his plans or not?
^I doubt that his plan to tear down the veil would literally kill every mortal being. Be destructive on an apocalypse level sure, but there would be survivors. And I know that he told them because of common sense. The rest of the world knows of him so why bother hiding the truth of his followers
^The rest of the world doesn't know. Solas only told the Inquistor who he was, and the Inquisitor only told his inner circle (companions & advisors). He didn't go shouting it from the rooftops.
Solas tells the Dalish Inquisitor that joining him would mean the deaths of every friend he'd ever known. Therefore, only people the Inquistor doesn't know can survive. But who could that be? The Inquisitor has friends of every creed and color, from all over Thedas. So who doesn't he know, who has the Inquistor never met? Kal-Sharok Dwarves? Some Chasind tribe? Maybe some qunari in Par Vollen? Or how about ancient elves that are hidden from the modern world?
Now tell me, which of those groups is Solas more likely to care about?
Just because Solas doesn't care for this world it doesn't mean he would keep it secret. And yes the inquisitor did shout it from the rooftops recall that when you walk in on the council Tegan says ”yes because this Solas provoked it in the first place.” safe to say that much has been let out.
But as I said what could Solas gain by keeping the truth from his followers, they must know something after all Solas isn't doing a regular uprising he is trying to change the world, literally. I would imagine that he would know that his troop would be more willing to do what they are required if they are aware
^Telling Teagan does not equal shouting it from the rooftop. Plus, how much does Teagan actually know? That Solas is the Dread Wolf? Or merely that the Orb which Cory used was originally Solas's? I think the latter is far more likely.
Solas could gain more followers by not telling the truth to his followers. City elves might not care about him being the Dread Wolf, but the Dalish sure as hell would.
There might be a scant few non-elven survivors of Solas's purge, but he blatantly says the world will 'burn in the fires of chaos' right before he intends to recreate the 'world of the elves'. It was clear at the Well of Sorrows that he and Abelas consider themselves different than the common elf and it's immortal elves like Abelas that Solas wants to restore to prominence. Modern elvhen are screwed along with humans, dwarves, and qunari.
All Solas needs to say as far as promotion goes, is that he intends to restore the glory of the elven People. The 'help' doesn't really need to know he doesn't consider modern elves to be his people. Let them know just enough to fill in the blanks with whatever personal rhetoric gets them motivated to do whatever job he requires of them. Even if some of them were to start getting some idea of how devastating Solas's plan could be, he only has to give them some vague assurance that he'll take care of them - without specifying alive or dead. The Dalish would know not to trust the Trickster, but City elves have no such forewarning.
As of the end of Trespasser, the only thing that has happened is that elves from all over Thedas have disappeared, heeding Solas's call. Even if other world leaders were aware of Solas's plans, they would not act until the threat is clear and present. More likely, they simply believe the easy trope that elves are either dangerous vagrants or generally shiftless vermin - which works in Solas's favor. There might be a few (like the new Divine) who choose to believe the Inquisitor's warning (if such was issued), but general belief in such a wide-ranging threat would be very hard to come by.
With hearing how Solas seems to speak in cryptic messages for most of DAI, (I haven't played it yet), it would make more sense for him to only say that he is an ancient elf reawakened from his sleep over him being the Dread Wolf. He'd have a lot more followers easily, especially among the Dalish at the start, if he went with that angle and talked of returning their people and culture to its former glory. However, there would be a mass mutiny (mainly by the Dalish in his ranks) once his troops learned of his true identity. That'd be the angle I'd take in the next game, if I were the gamemakers, with an initial option to try and turn the "help" against him in almost every conflict.
What do you think?