Secret organization that most people believe doesn't even exist with a large amount of power, no oversight and a healthy bit of religious fanatisism mixed in. That's a recipe for disaster if ever I've seen one. Evil may be the wrong word to use but it's close enough.
I wouldn't sacrifice any nation. The people living in those nations aren't responsible for what happened to the elves and forcing people to abandon their homes will only lead to more resentment and conflict down the line. The elves don't need their own country (not to say that they don't deserve it), they need a civil-rights movement to become equal citizens.
^^ I agree that Loghain isn't an evil person, but I also don't use the word as liberally as you do. There are only a handful of characters in DA that I think qualify as evil. Considering all the other characters that you call evil, I was simply surprised that Loghain of all people didn't make the cut. I don't agree that he did it for a higher purpose though. I mean, I believe that he believed that, but doing horrible stuff because of your own paranoia is hardly noble. As far as I am concerned, Loghain betrayed the very people he swore to protect, commoners, nobility and clergy alike, all to "protect" them from a threat that wasn't imminent, while completely downplaying the actual threat. I'm fine with his retreat from Ostagar, I see that as the right decision, strategically speaking. But everything else he did is really messed up and served no other purpose since the threat he used to justify all of it was mostly made up.
You don't have to actively hate a race to be racist, indifference is enough. I'd argue that most racism occurs out of indifference or convenience and that's exactly how it is for Loghain. He doesn't care about the elves as he does about the rest of his people and he takes advantage of their situation. That makes him a racist.
You said on the other thread that the Tevinter empire is inherently evil since it is built on slavery, so I would assume that you see everyone involved in slavery as evil. Your argument is that Loghain does it for economic reasons, which is exactly what slavery is all about. No slaver does what they do because they hate people, they're in it for the money, same for anyone who owns slaves. In that regard, Loghain is no better than them. You can argue that he does not want to enrich himself, but only wishes to fund the nation and his army, but that's a meaningless distinction to the elves. And it was Loghain who lead the nation into this situation in the first place.
It should be Hawke. They are at least partially responsible for the Mage-Templar War that allowed Corypheus to sow chaos in the south and they freed Corypheus in the first place. Corypheus is Hawke's responsibility and they should take the fall for it. Stroud went against all his brothers and sisters to foil Cory's plans, he shouldn't have to die in the Fade for other people's mistakes. Plus, the remaining southern Grey Wardens will need strong leadership and Stroud is better suited for that since he is a senior Warden.
It's the opposite way round, which I just explained. Tevinters enslave everyone. Loghain let them operate in the Alienage, because that's where no one else would look too closely. The decision to let the Tevinters enslave people was economical. The decision to only let them operate in the Alienage because it's easier to cover up is exploiting racial disadvantages and is as such racist.
As far as I'm aware they've been down for quite a long time now and I doubt they'll come back up.
Orzammar's fate is going to depend on the ability of it's inhabitants to adapt which, from what we have seen, isn't great. The two biggest challenges they face are the Darkspawn knocking on their door and the overreliance of their economy on lyrium. If they can adapt and find ways to overcome those challenges, they should be good. If they stubbornly insist that the way things all ways have been is the way to go, more and more Dwarves will leave Orzammar for the surface and the city will eventually have to be abandoned to the Darkspawn.
Considering that they are only enslaving elves, it is racist. Not only elves are slaves in Tevinter, so I doubt the fact that the slavers are only operating in the alienage is not their choice.
Oh yea, my first playthrough of Origins was a mess. It was the first RPG I played and I didn't have the first idea of what I was doing. Played a rogue and didn't put points into lockpicking or agility. Missed a lot of quests. Never talked to companions. Ever. I just had no idea that that was a thing that you did in games. Consequently I didn't get any of the companion quests and Zevran betrayed me.
In terms of story I never even got the option to save Connor by going to the mages because I just didn't ask. Couldn't have anyway since the mages all died because I didn't know that you could use the Litany. Failed the Landsmeet hard because I never spoke to any of the nobles and I did the Dark Ritual without ever considering the implications. So yea, there was a lot of room to improve after that. Origins remains one of very few games where I enjoyed subsequent playthroughs far more than my first one.
There have been way too many discussions that have gotten out of hand like this lately. I think you both know that talking to each other this way is not acceptable. Be respectful, don't insult each other or each other's arguments, tone down the sarcasm, listen to what the other person is trying to say and if you can't come to an agreement, then either provide sources that support your claim or agree to disagree. We're trying to provide a pleasant environment where people can feel confident to contribute and we can't do that if every discussion about magic and the Chantry results in... this. If you keep this up we will need to lock this thread too.
You haven't been involved in this thread as much, but what I said to the others applies to you too. I want all 3 of you on your best behaviour. I think we've given enough chances and warnings at this point. If this doesn't get any better we will start to resort to temporary blocks.
Please refrain from insulting other users, please.
Hard to say, we really don't meet that many noble women in Origins. Alfstanna maybe, if she isn't married already? There's also Delilah Howe, though she would be a bad match for a number of reasons.
Definitely. The existance of a sovereign nation practicing a different religion was a threat to Chantry authority. Since they teach that the Maker will only return when the Chant is being sung in all four corners of the world, they had to find a way to gain control of the Dales.
The Orleasins at the time were under the rule of a dictator and were still looking for revenge, after the Dalish let the Darkspawn overrun Montsimmard (I think) and didn't intervene, despite having the troops to do so.
So yea, the Dalish may have struck the first blow, but both Orlais and the Chantry were just waiting for an excuse to start a war.
The Chantry is an organisation whose members don't practice what they preach. Considering that it's purpose is spiritual guidance, the Chantry has become way too entangled in the pursuit of worldly power. The teachings of the prophet and the original Chant of Light were altered to suit the political needs of Chantry leadership. Other races and mages are seen as inferior and used as scapegoats when needed. Their soldiers are picked from the zealous rather than the competent and forced to get addicted to a substance on which the Chantry has a monopoly. Chantry leadership is happy to use their authority, but more hesitant when it comes to taking responsibility when things go wrong. Add to that the infighting as many clerics try to serve their own interests first and foremost and... yeaaaa, it's not looking great. The Chantry is about as corrupt as it can be and given that they have a monopoly on spiritual guidance for the largest religion in Thedas, I don't see how that can change. This isn't easily solved with reforms, since it will always gravitate towards this state as long as it holds the power and influence that it does.
Contrary to the Asari in Mass Effect, no good reason is given for the lack of half-elves. As such, it appears like it was added out of convenience rather than for an actual lore reason, which is pretty jarring.
One can make the argument that the Templar Order is corrupt, but it isn't inherently evil. The Templars have a vital function in that they protect common people and mages alike, both from each other and the inherent dangers of magic. They are fairly similar to the Grey Wardens in that they serve to protect people from a potentially world-ending threat, use questionable methods to accomplish this goal and their duty comes with great personal sacrifice.
That being said the Order does have it's host of problems: lack of oversight and accountability, their ties to the Chantry, recruitment from among the zealous rather than the capable and the way they hold power over mages rather than be made to work with them. However, none of these are problems that serious reforms couldn't change.
Asking one of the devs about something that is unclear is an easy way to resolve a debate and can hardly be qualified as "pestering". Twitter is the platform that some of the writers chose to interact with their fans and to answer questions. They have enough experience not to give answers that they aren't confident in, but it never hurts to ask. If one of your fellow users goes out of their way to get an answer that would help both of you, the least you can do is to not accuse them of "pestering" people.
I don't think anyone here called you a tyrant or suggested that tranquility be used lightly. This is a difficult topic and both standpoints are reasonable, so even if you don't agree, please listen and consider carefully why others think the way they do about this. Since you already agreed to disagree, it may be best to stop here, unless anyone has something new to add to the debate of course.
Bioware was very careful in limiting the potential of time magic, so that it can't do shenanigans like that. Time magic is tied to the Breach, therefore it is impossible to use it to travel further back in time than the explosion that caused the Breach.
I actually like the redesign of the Genlocks, they look more unique and interesting now than they did in Origins, where they were essentially just small orcs. Shrieks have also been improved. The Ogres have remained largely the same, though they have this dumb look on their face in DA2, makes them look less intimidating. The only redesign I really dislike is that of the Hurlocks. They look pathetic and weak now, where before they looked imposing and menacing.