You missed what Ygrassil said, "has been linked to impulse control and is sometimes speculated to be linked to empathy" if he'd lost the ability, quite literally, to empathize with people it certainly would perhaps explain the sadism. This isn't some attempt to demonize mental health issues, but rather to understand. we have a clear case of it being noted the man's behavior changed, notably, after he was injured. it's hardly stigmatizing mentall illness to say "I bet there is a link"
A single identifiable bad guy? even dragon age game has that
Regarding Sandal I thought it was pretty obvious what he is. He's autistic.
Another idea might be to give themselves some leeway by having the stories told as stories. for example dragon age 2 is a game Bioware can contridict reasonably easily because of the story within a story approuch they took to it. "Wait Aveline is single? I thought she married Donnic? Varric!!!" "... ok so I took some liberties, but wasn't that a better story Seeker?" *sound of cassandra facepalming*
No epic things about Descent? I dunno man, discovering the secret of Lyrium is pretty huge
@Silver Warden Indeed Fiona is a better example. Allistar is her son.
Just gonna point out that Alistar is living proof a Warden can produce a child.
That said, as for leaving the throne empty because "ohh I don't really lime monarchies" keep in mind all a monarchy means is an inherited position. A monarchy doesn't have to have much power. To use a real life example, the President of the United States has much more power then the Queen of England.
By all accounts the Fereldan monarchy rules with a very light hand, with most of the pwoer lying in the hands of the regional Banns and Arls
Well if Loghain thought he had a claim to the throne, why NOT the Warden. Hell a Noble Human Warden proably had a better claim to the throne then Loghain did (it's almost inconceviable the Couslands and Therin's never intermarried in the 400 or so years between Calenhad and DA:O)
I could see Alistar having kids. That said even if not Fereldan might escape a sucession crisis. they're a practical people I IMAGINE they'd call a Landsmeet and nominate a sucessor. Most likely whomever is the head of House Guerrin.
I doubt VERY much BW is going to restrict our race or class for DA4. race restrictions was an unpopular aspect of DA2 and even DA2 didn't restrict our class.
Should be melted down and used as a chamberpot
I've often wondered about the sucession myself yeah. that said I went with Alistar and Anora. keep in mind in DA:O you can harden Alistar and that makes him a better king, if you do so it notes he's no weak man who Anora walks all over, and that he in fact shows suprising intreast in it.
There is massive amounts of documentation for brain injuries resulting in a personaility change.
I thought tresspasser was the best DLC for inqusition because Jaws of Hakkon and the descent are very much skippable (although Descent has the potential to have huge ramifications for the setting if that knowledge ever gets out) but tresspasser was pretty much an all important epilogue.
MAKING you play an elf would be a mistake, some people dislike playing non humans. I suspect we'll be able to pick and choose our race. I enjoyed what DA2 did with Hawke, by giving you a partiuclar character with a set orgin they really allowed bioware to craft a tight story based around the character. I think DA2 has one of the tightest personal story arcs of a Bioware game (BW games useally get bogged down with massive save the world epic arcs. DA2 was a VERY VERY differant TYPE of story) but sadly people didn't respond well to it. given the realities of the video game industry, combined with fan demands, I think we can expect something like dragon age Inqusition. maybe if they REALLY wanna push it they'll do somethin a bit like mass effect where you can set your orgin and then they give you races and classes to chosoe from that work within said orgin.
Yeah it's pretty obvious Loghain and Howe where both broken by the Occupation. it's really sad when you think of it. despite the occupation having ended a generation about by DA:O the ghosts of it are still very much harming fereldan. I mean beyond thsoe dramatic examples, you gotta wonder how many families are broken. the heads of the families suffering deep mental scars. etc.
It's not really laid out in the game, but the World of Thedas Vol 2 suggests Howe may ALSO have been suffering from PTSD, OR possiably even brain damage that affected his behavior. It referances him being greatly injuried in the battle of white river. And later on when he ends up marrying the woman who basicly nursed him back to health, her brother, whom was an old old old friend (him, Bryce Cousand and Howe where basicly an 'inseperable trio' during the war) attempted to talk his sister out of it "due to changes in the man's personality since the battle" he then later attempted to talk to Howe who told him point blank he was marrying her for her connections and Dowry. said friend cut off contact.
When Howe took Amaranthene due to his father being a traitor etc there was a lot of concern among the freeholders and many choose to swear fealty to Bryce Cousand instead. I imagine that stung.
So yeah I kinda suspect he took some brain damage that made him overly ambitious. Really if you factor that in the whole Loghain coup is all the more tragic, ultimately the trhing was propelled by two very broken men.
It's possiable that the situation with the Couslands wasn't part of Loghain's plan originally and he just used it to recruit Howe to his side. "Support me or I turn you in!"
Gonna have to disagree, Icewind Dale was good, but the fact that your party members wheren't characters made it just feel flat and lifeless by comparison. Party banter really does add something to a game for me. it's not essential (witcher 3 lacked it and was one of the best RPGs ever made) but..
People throw their lives away over religion all the time. to the point that we have a WORD for it. Martyrdom.