I, for the defense of Templars being the best 2H Warrior spec in DA:I. Present Exhibit A.
KE - This is the "best" mage spec. It is highly effective spec on any difficulty and with any trial activated. It is meant to be a tank class. But, if you gear it right, *you will need the dlc and current update* KE is the best pyromancer in the game.
RM - It is a quality DPS role on any difficulty. But, if you activate the trials that increase the difficulty of combat. RM's effectiveness takes a nose dive because every other enemy has Weakened Resistance.
NM - Not for a lack of trying, but I couldn't figure how to make it an awesome DPS on the single player. I did find out however, that is a fun support role. Cycle through the spells that cause fear, place static cage, they will run out of SC and become paralyzed. I wouldn't recommend it for the Inquisitor. It is better for Dorian. Due to the fact that your companions become statues and won't fight when enemies become feared.
Greataxe. It can cut unarmored enemies and bludgeon heavily armored enemies. It has more options than a sword or maul does. A greataxe can have the "axe" part on one side and whatever you choose on the other.
As long as you have all the dlc and updates available. Pyromancer Knight Enchanter is the best option for mage in my opinion. You are a top tier tank with mid-tier dps.
Ah, my bad.
I have no idea. I wouldn't want to have a "First Warden" type figure that oversaw all the Circles. I personally have no problem w/Vivienne starting a different school of Magic separate from the free mages. If a different group of Mages didn't like either of those two options and wanted to found a different school of magic. Great. The more options the better.
Blood Magic isn't good or evil, because Blood Magic isn't a sapient being.
Is it riskier than other non-blood magic? Sure, but that has no relevance in determining morality.
"Another interesting one: does whatever the mages become operate with a strong central voice over the lands like the Chantry or become more of a regional and autonomous coalition with the same name under a distant leader like the Grey Wardens?"
That is a good question. Me personally, I would want to stay out of politics. Folk would get real nervous with Mages appearing like they are trying to get more power. The Mages place in Thedas is shaky. Due these factors;
A lot of innocents got caught in the crossfire in the Mage-Templar war. There will be raw emotions for both sides.
Ferelden allowed the Mages to stay at Redcliffe. How did they repay that kindness? Align w/Tevinter and became complicit in having Bann Teagan forced out of his castle and town.
Cory did no favors for people not to fear mages. If the common people figure out what Solas is trying to do. Not great.
If I was a Mage, I would be pushing for this as an Independent Circle. Stay away from politics. Study and practice magic. Pay your taxes, (either to the Chantry or Monarch of that region.) Allow complete transparency to the Circle. Invite Monarchs and Chantry people to see what you are doing. That you have nothing to hide. Hammer home the thought that Mages just want to be Independent to study and practice magic and not being independent from Thedas. Try to find ways to help the people of Thedas that has no political gain attached to it. Aim for the goal that Mages aren't here to rule over the non-mages, but to live and work together w/the people of Thedas. Do not tolerate or protect mages who abuse their gift.
One point I forgot to mention, Lyrium. The Chantry most likely paid for the Lyrium that Mages used in the Circles. For how financially strapped the Mages would be. Try to convince Mages to be willing to fight alongside the dwarves against darkspawn in exchange for Lyrium. They would also have to see if the Dwarves would agree to that arrangement.
I would personally love to participate in solving this in a game, but I'm a nerd.
Yes, my preferred outcome is that Mages have the authority to practice and study magic within the Circles free of Chantry/Templar governance.
There are some complex problems that Mages would have to figure out that have nothing to do w/Magic that I personally would find engaging to solve.
Who has ownership of the Circle and the land it is on? Would the Chantry still own the Circle(s) and the land? If they still do, do they charge the mages rent? Do they gift the Circles and the land to the Mages? *Side note, would the Mages operate their newly owned Circles as a publicly owned intuition or a non-profit privately owned intuition?* Would the Monarch purchase the Circle or Circles in their region?
As harsh as this sounds, there is no way around it. Mages had free room and board under the Chantry's rule. With the Chantry gone, the Mages will have to find a way to fund mages living and studying at the Circles. Donations may not be possible due to the fact that the Ferelden, Orlais, Chantry, Templars, Seekers and the Grey Wardens have been severely damaged in the past decade. Pair that with thinking that there is a chunk of people in Thedas that don't want the mages to be free. Outside funding from donations is probably unrealistic.
The majority of the revenue that the Circles make is from Tranquil mages enchanting runes. Are Mages willing to tranquil fellow mages? Are the Templars/Seekers willing to teach mages the Rite of Tranquility? Are Mages even capable of turning mages tranquil?
If a Mage abuses their power. Who has the authority to dole out punishment? If jailed, whose responsibility is it to monitor them? Mages? Monarch? Chantry? Templars/Seekers? Other?
"Nowhere did I insult your opinion. In your comment you gave a backhanded insult with a compliment."
I didn't insult you. I think that your view is wrong on this. Just as you think that my view is wrong. We disagree, who cares?
Get off your high horse, mate. I simply state that there is no logical reason to disagree, as I made no statement regarding Loghain's character.
Trust me, brother. I have had my feet on the ground for awhile now. Horses and me don't get along. Your opinion is that there is no logical reason to disagree. I disagreed with what you said and gave my reasons for doing so. So we disagree, who cares? Did I judge/condemn you or anyone for liking Loghain or thinking he is good? Nope. I gave my personal reasons why I think he isn't good. Too each their own.
"I simply said that it was difficult to make judgements about him that are clear cut due to the narrative, which is true."
That is your opinion. I disagreed with your opinion, and stated why I did so. To each their own.
"Except of starting some sort of pissing contest with someone who didn't state a clear opinion regarding Loghain, discuss with those that you truly disagree with regarding Loghain's actions, instead of somebody who remained ambivalent."
Here's the thing about the Internet. If you post stuff, people may respond to what you say. You also have the power to not respond to people that engage with you.
"Killing Cailan and trying to end the worthless Theirin bloodline. That's a good thing in my book."
You consider this being ambivalent?
"Broodmothers are the only way we THINK is how they can reproduce..."
This is an odd hill to die on.
"While they're in a system of magical enslavement by the Old Gods/Archdemons/Blight that actively seeks to corrupt and destroy life as a whole. There'd be no need for further sacrifices I'm talking about the ones already in existence."
Archdemons were Old Gods that got corrupted by the taint from Darkspawn. No Darkspawn, no blights. No Grey Wardens needed. No Legion of the Dead. This is better than keeping Darkspawn around.
Simple question. Would you rather have Thedas free of darkspawn or not?
"Fiona was Cured of the Taint and Able to have child." Despite having reduced fertility. The child showed no signs of the Blight/Taint despite literally being conceived when she was Tainted. Showing an interesting thing that a non-tainted being can be born and live inside a Tainted one without any negatives."
This is an apples and rocks on Mars comparison. Is Fiona a darkspawn? No. Was Alistair conceived by her consuming flesh and darkspawn spewing in her mouth? No. Alistair also survived his joining. He may have had an advantage biologically of surviving the Taint since his birth mother was tainted. Alistair also comes from a prestigious blood line of Reavers. This is definitely an outlier, an exception. Not the norm.
"Like I said this isn't the destroy option I'm talking about it's the adaptation. That you render non-Tainted beings immune to the Taints negatives. For example when you survive a virus you could grow either an immunity or resistance. In other words the Taint is in fact left alive but so is everything else too."
The problem you haven't grasped yet is that the taint itself sustains the life of a darkspawn. This is why when they get injured or wounded, the body automatically regenerates the damaged area. They also don't need to eat or drink. The taint doesn't sustain the life of the person it infects. It kills them or turns them into a ghoul. A cure for the taint in a non-Darkspawn is good, that would save them. A cure for the taint in a darkspawn would kill them.
"Who's to say the Maker actually exists that's another argument entirely."
I'm not arguing whether he exists or not. I'm saying if he does, what is the likelihood that a person, no matter how gifted they are, would be powerful enough to counter a power from a deity. I wouldn't bet on that.
"Was literally me already acknowledging that. You don't believe him out of fear. I do believe him out of goodwill/trust. Neither of us have been proven right in the slightest either the consequences of his death or survival haven't affected the world yet."
I'm not trusting a dude that took part in sacrificing thousands of elves to appease his God and trying to achieve godhood for himself. I'm also not allying with Darkspawn, for their nature is to destroy, infect and kill anything in front of them. Fear has nothing to do with it, it is a logical conclusion from my standpoint, Thedas is better off without Darkspawn in it.
"If the Blights and Corypheus can be defeated. So can the Architect if he's actually a bad guy."
As far as blights are concerned, there are still two in bag. That isn't over yet. Thedas got lucky with Cory. He only lost, because he got distracted, an old lady hit a unique one-of-one superpower artifact out of his hands and it just so happened to roll into the hand of a person that had no business being in the place that they where in. 5 seconds early or late, the whole fate of Thedas changes.
"You think it's misguided once again given there's no actual consequences to either decision you're only speculating based on your preconceived notions. Ones that I disagree with."
And vice versa.
Agree to disagree.
Texas and Colorado are both rad in my book. I'm an American as well. I would rather not specify which state I reside in but, I grew up in the country.
I'm not to familiar with the Lawful whatever, Chaotic this and Neutral that. I will try my best not to embarrass myself.
Non-Divine Vivienne - a mix of Lawful Neutral and just a sliver of Chaotic Neutral.
Divine Vivienne - Lawful Evil
"There's... literally nothing to disagree with in my comment. I didn't make any judgement about Loghain, so what would there be to disagree with?"
What there is to disagree with? Well, you can read. I state exactly what I disagree with, and I state my case of why I disagree with you. If you don't like it or don't think that my points are valid. Fair enough. You are not God. Don't be so preposterous in thinking that no one can disagree with you.
"I wondered how much he knew and that the narrative keeps it vague."
I don't think anything that deals with Howe is vague. Even if it is, all the other crimes/injustices that Loghain commits isn't vague. At all.
"That's nothing to disagree with, as no opinion of mine was stated."
Your opinion is that the narrative of Loghain may or may have not known what Howe was doing is vague. I disagree with your opinion. Then I state so with logical reasoning and deduction. Whether you agree or not, to each their own. God bless.
"Darkspawn are believed to be soulless creatures." Nothing confirmed as factual. Remember I'm the person that doesn't believe any living being has a soul to begin with. So we've already argued that point."
Yes we did. That is why I brought it up. To show that I care enough to pay attention to what you write.
"You're assuming the only way to really create Darkspawn is through a Broodmother and that every current Broodmother would turn into an Evil Darkspawn like the Mother instead of a Good one. While yes it the only form of creation we know about you have to realize that the Good Darkspawn have never existed before. Darkspawn cut off from the Calling have never existed before. What if the Broodmother Method is only a Horde method that the Archdemons/Old Gods force upon their vassals instead of a more natural way like the other races...Perhaps the Darkspawn can in fact have individual reproduction that doesn't require various lifeform sacrifices?"
Darkspawn are asexual and lack the ability to reproduce. Broodmothers are the only way. What female humanoids would you be willing to sacrifice to see if you can make a "good" broodmother? Good luck finding any willing volunteers as well.
"You gave a reason for the Taint being cured as a supposed doomsday for Darkspawn. But you didn't discuss the other option I listed of negating the infective/negative element of the Taint through either causing Immunity for Mortals or simply changing the Curse/Virus that is the Taint itself forcing it to become a less parasitic or contagious disease. So beings that are Tainted wouldn't infect the land or other living beings. An Anti-Taint if you will. In a World of Magic that seemingly always has a counterfoil/opposite that seems a possibility."
Darkspawn don't need food to sustain their life. The taint is what gives them life. Diminishing the Taint in any way, and you will lessen or kill them. Which is fine with me. Grey Wardens, in a way, have a Anti(ish)-Taint. It still kills them, just slowly. Unless you would be willing to become tainted and then apply the Anti-taint to yourself to see if it works. Then this science experiment is a non-starter. The taint also 99.999999999999999999% of the time renders the humanoid ineffective with regards to reproducing. So now, not only do you have to develop this Anti-Taint miracle that would save the persons life, this Anti-Taint miracle would also have to cure infertility. If the Taint/Blight truly came from The Maker. Than logically speaking, as powerful as "he" probably is, humanoids *even with the gift of magic,* may not be capable enough to even render the taint obsolete.
"I know it might sound foolish and naive but I'll willingly make that assumption because I believe him when he said he's made "mistakes" and never meant for the hostility he has with the Order. I just do. I guess I'd like to believe that he's telling us his version of the truth because the alternative is to believe that living beings Cursed and Enslaved are inherently evil. I don't want to believe that's the case...I refuse to believe that's the case."
Make sure you can separate the difference of what the truth is or may be and what you want the truth to be.
"But like I said if I'm wrong there's always a chance to fix that mistake down the line."
That is if your character is still alive or even capable enough to defeat a being that is immortal and has immense power.
"If others are wrong if I kill him and it turns out he was telling us the truth and there's a way to peacefully coexist then we literally just commited genocide killing the good along with the bad out of fear of the unknown. It's not something I ever wish to do. I see it as a parallel to the Mages and Elves and Tevinters and even Qunari. Some can be evil but certainly not all certainly not because of any predetermined destiny. In other words I truly believe in redemption and goodwill is possible in such a being despite it all."
You have a good heart. It is just misguided in this regard.
Who the hell knows?
You have humanoids that are so potent in supernatural powers (magic) that they can create an invisible barrier from the metaphysical and physical, alter time, enter the metaphysical physically and a whole other slew of awesome powers. So a deity being powerful enough to create creation isn't that far of a stretch. Thedas may have been created by numerous deities as well. I would lean into the side that Thedas was created by a deity or deities. But is the Maker "The Maker" or part of "The Makers" or is he The Maker "who made some things but not all things separate from another deity or deities." I don't know.
"Couldn't they just isolate themselves in some corner of the Deep Roads nobody goes too?..."
They could. But to what end? The only positive thing that "good" Darkspawn can offer to the humanoids of Thedas is by killing "bad" Darkspawn. If all one is doing is fighting. That means that "good" Darkspawn will die. The only way to get more darkspawn is by capturing a female humanoid and turning them into a Broodmother. Which, giving away humanoid females, or as a form of punishment, condemning female humanoids to bolster "good" darkspawn is a bridge to far for me.
"Also if the Calling can be cured...Why not the Taint itself?.."
Darkspawn are believed to be soulless creatures. The taint is what appears to give them "life." The logical reasoning would be that if Darkspawn didn't have the taint, that they would die. I'm all for that. That is most likely why Fiona survived having the Taint removed from her. Because she is still a humanoid with a soul. She also wasn't created by the taint. In comparison to Darkspawn not being humanoids, don't have a soul and were created by the taint. I know we have our disagreements on souls.
"My main problem is causing the genocide of a Sentient Enslaved Species despite having the chance for Peace."
That is based on the assumption that he truly wants peace between darkspawn and the rest of Thedas. Who the heck knows what he really wants? This is also the same dude that helped sacrificed thousands of Elven Slaves through a ritual using 2/3 of all of Tevinter's lyrium to enter the Fade physically. Ancient Tevinter Magisters were not good people. Especially the Magisters Sidereal. He isn't trustworthy. The thinking that a person would be more ethical, good, moral, whatever, after they have been tainted by a supernatural property, is very unlikely to me. He wanted to be elevated to Godhood by entering the fade physically. I trust no being that wants to elevate themselves to Godhood.
I understand where you are coming from. For me though, due to him being tainted, his past deeds before he was tainted, not sure of his true intentions and the just the fact that his people can infect humanoids w/the blight. The darkspawn that do follow him, if they get far enough away from him, they lose control and give into their blood lust. A darkspawn's nature to is be violent and not empathetic to other life forms. It isn't a risk worth taking.
"I still wonder just how much Loghain actually knew what was going on and how much was Howe's doing, with Loghain just either willfully turning a blind eye or genuinely not knowing."
I strongly disagree with your reasoning. The Cousland's are a well respected and loved family within the Ferelden nobility and its citizens. Howe erasing that family without any protections in place would be suicide. He would have no support and the other nobles would rise up and merc him. *Which is exactly what Cailian wanted to do, we all know how that played out.* Howe isn't dumb and he isn't well liked or even liked by anyone. There is no way he didn't have a standing agreement w/Loghain in place before he did that.
Even if there was no agreement in place. Loghain is the boss. The self-appointed Regent of Ferelden. *Which, this wasn't loved by the nobility. Because he broke the rules, it should have been Anora. He also imprisoned Anora so he could do this. More negative points for your boy.* Even so, that is now his responsibility and duty to know what his people are doing. Especially his number 2. Being ignorant of your people's crimes doesn't absolve that person.
When he loses the Landsmeet, he doesn't accept defeat graciously and tries to throw a Coup.
The dude is a bummer and he needed to get got. Murder, slavery, aiding a fugitive *a blood mage at that*, attempted murders, false imprisonment, *light* Treason, torture and horrible battle strategy. If that isn't bad. Then I have no idea what is.
Ah, my bad. Perhaps a cultural hiccup. Where I am from, You bet = You are welcome.
He was directly or indirectly complicit in the mass killing of the Cousland's and their people, Tevinter Slavers, torture and wrongful imprisonment of numerous people, he placed an unjust kill order on you and Alistair, hired an active fugitive to kill Arl Eamon, and did I miss anything else?
His plan at Ostagar alone should have shamed and exiled him out of the country. His plan was worse than the Battle of Winterfell.