Morrigan probably learned that showing empathy or concern was a sign of weakness. Her first forays into Lothering were probably similarly educational with few showing any empathy for the obviously ignorant swamp-dweller. Comfortable with herself, Morrigan doesn't hate everyone, she simply doesn't bother to feign concern for people she does not consider to be friends - and she's only ever admitted to having one of those (The Warden).
Morrigan doesn't 'hate everyone equally'. Mostly, she just has no use for the vast majority. Given who raised her and where, she's fairly well-adjusted, all things considered.
If it's as we've theorized and it's from a tainted titan, then there's a whole mountain of the stuff somewhere.
After some thought, I have to say Alistair is my favorite. Morrigan is right up there with him, but I could only vote for one. Dog and Oghren are tied for third.
"Yeah but, in the show at least, his motives appeared to be entirely practical. He did evil stuff to benefit himself and his family. Ordering the mountain to rape Oberyn's sister gains him nothing. Of course he wouldn't care if she was raped, but why bother to give the order? That's just pure sadism."
Humiliation. Tywin was a cunning s.o.b.. By ordering such a personal attack on the sister, Tywin inflicts more hurt on Oberyn and his family. It's not physical damage, it's mental and emotional anguish. As shown in the later duel, it worked, and Oberyn lost his head - literally.
Given the general reception of the televised conclusion, it's possible GRRM might alter the ending of the books, but he'd actually have to get around to writing the rest of it.
"Now, I admit that a fight might not be the best test of that. I previously thought so, but you and Shenachie have convinced me otherwise. There are too many other factors. Perhaps armwrestling or weightlifting would be a better test."
Yes. Too many shifting variables in combat. One of those World's Strongest Man competitions or weight-lifting would be significantly simpler and likely more clear-cut. Thedas Olympics!
Varric in DA2 was sharper and just generally snarkier than Varric in DAI. He seemed to be really on his game (well, it *was* his story) in DA2, but in DAI he came across as ... reserved? Inoffensive? That said, I did enjoy his Game Night.
When we initially meet Varric, he's Cassandra's "guest". He resents being there but knows that a hole in the sky is 'next-level' crap and he has experience dealing with demons. When Cory is revealed, he stays out of a sense of responsibility. He makes it clear in conversation that he hates Corypheus and the exposure of red lyrium. When he introduces Hawke, he stays to keep a watch over his friend and act as liaison. After Adamant, he clearly wants to see the conclusion because overall, he's a storyteller and he's in the middle of one of the biggest events of the Age. Dorian may look like Tony Stark, but it's Varric who seems to mature through the monikers of storyteller, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.
""The Mind is not a Soul."
Okay then. Can you explain the difference between the two concepts to me, without using any religious or spiritual terms? No? I didn't think so.
Dragon Age is a fantasy world. What they call "souls" would be called minds or consciousnesses in a sci-fi setting. But there's no functional difference between the two concepts. A mind that magically survives death is a soul. A mind that uses technology to survive death is a soul by another name."
Not to take this off-topic, but there might actually be a difference between Mind and Soul. A mind can store names, places, experience - data - and even thought and emotion are chemical reactions. A soul is the more intangible aspect. It's the base 'clay' of personality. It's shaped by the impact of experience (good and bad) on those thoughts and emotions, and prompts how we interpret and act on various experiences - all of which shapes who we are and makes us individuals.
As far as Dragon Age is concerned, it seems likely that we have seen both ghosts (the lingering personalities of the living) and spirits (creatures born in the Beyond who only mimic the living or are attracted to aspects thereof).
Thanks to Caridin's journal, we know how golems are made, The Warden can find the statue honoring those dwarves who chose to become golems and Shayle's name is listed there. It's not a long leap of logic to think Shayle the female dwarf climbed into a golem-suit and rose from the Anvil of the Void as Shale the golem. Shayle's spirit animates Shale's stone. I suspect the only way Shayle could leave Shale and regain a dwarven form was if an equivalent of the Anvil (or a similar ritual), and a 'donor'/host body were available.
Evidently, Corypheus looked normal enough that he didn't raise any suspicions in Bianca Davri when they met. She thought he was just a Grey Warden Mage. It's entirely possible he did not immediately change his host's form into his and kept any oddities obscured so as not to be noticed. As best I can recall, Corypheus has never claimed to be darkspawn nor any affiliation with such. He would not automatically feel any affinity for or feel it necessary to use the Deep Roads.
"... You keep harping on how superhumanly strong dwarves must be, but then you go and use an example of human limitations for qunari."
Really, all we have for a reasonable comparison is human capabilities since both are a fantasy race. However, both move as freely and easily as any human so the contrast may not be so far-fetched.
"Qunari don't fight like that, and not because of their horns. They don't use armor and if they use shields, they only use little tiny crappy ones. This has as much to do with their psychology as it does with tactics. They are far more concerned with accomplishing their goals than protecting their soldiers."
Actually, we don't know how adaptive qunari tactics are. We've only ever seen individuals like Sten or small cadres like the one led by Arvaarad or during the Kirkwall outbreak. In larger engagements, they could very well utilized shield-wall maneuvers.
Oberyn lost that fight the second he let his emotion overwhelm his sense, but that is a discussion for an entirely different fandom.
"Pound for pound, dwarves may be the most physically impressive. But the thing is, they have fewer pounds than qunari or humans. And their superior proportional strength is not enough to make up for that difference, at least when it comes to the qunari."
We don't really know that the dwarves actually 'have fewer pounds than qunari or humans'. Given their build, the dwarves appear to weigh in at least as much as a sturdy human and some of the brawnier males look like they could reach qunari heft.
I wondered about that. The Inquisitor uses that entrance with Bianca. However, that may be because that's the closest available entry to the Deep Roads with viable connections to the route Bianca used. There's no way to know if Cory ever used that entrance or even knew about it. We simply don't know where or how he travelled between Hawke's release and the Haven ritual.
Perhaps I am misunderstanding something, but according to the map of Ferelden, the nation is bordered by two seas, north and east, and the Korcari Wilds to the south. Orlais is directly west. We don't know how or where Cory travelled after leaving his prison. Unless he initially wandered the Deep Roads (which would not be very informative of the current world-state) and emerged in Ferelden (granted, a possibility but seems unlikely), if he wandered overland, he would have to pass through Orlais to reach Ferelden. It's possible he might have taken a ship, but that is currently unknown and irrelevant at this time.
"About this Blood Magic Ritual Theory couldn't Solas use Humans, Dwarves and Qunari? Why would he have to use Elvhen Blood?"
He probably could use other races, especially if they were mages. He might use elves for the same reason the Magisters did. Elves are more inherently magical than others. In the game mechanics of DAO, elven characters got a boost to their magic stat. In DAI-Trespasser the Crossroads apparently looks different (more colorful) to elven Inquisitors than the other races. Add to those points that Solas does not see common elvhen as his people - only those immortals like Abelas apparently qualify - and he would have few qualms about using them. He would also have plenty of fodder since plenty of (stupid) elves readily answered his call. As for the rest, not all races are equally magical. It's a well-known fact that the dwarves are naturally resistant to magic which is why there are no dwarven mages (Sandal the mystery and Valta the recent exception). Humans and Qunari appear to be on about the same level with their major difference being training and skill.
"Plus anyone that has an Elf-Bias wants to side with him..."
Not true. Speaking as someone who has a canon Dalish Warden and a canon Dalish Inquisitor, not every elf wants Solas victorious. My Inquisitor tried to dissuade him from this act - and no, they were not in a romance. She would have compared him to Corypheus to his face if that had been an option. Anders may have assaulted an institution for injustice to mages, but Solas wants the world to burn because he made a mistake and now he's homesick.
Journey to Skyhold (heard that just yesterday) and The Inquisition Marches are a couple of my favorites. I also appreciate the Orlais theme, but I would have really liked a 'bookend', celtic-based Ferelden Theme. Really, the whole soundtrack is quite enjoyable.
"So what? They'd just grab them by the head or shoulders then."
That is an incredibly awkward grip. Even big & tall qunari don't appear to have hands large enough to grab a dwarf's head or brawny shoulders enough to pick them up one-handed. Given the previous suggestion of holding with one hand and beating with the other, that maneuver seems unlikely.
"All other factors being equal, the stronger person wins (most of the time)."
That's the debate - which one is stronger - and that contest could go either way.
As neither dwarves nor qunari have ever been accused of running five miles carrying a cow overhead, I still say Aveline has to be a decent contender. 🙂
If death thins the Veil already, then perhaps Solas has devised a means to intertwine the effect on a much stronger/larger scale. Perhaps he will kill X number of elves (mages, zealots, zealot-mages, or what-have-you) to start the Veil unraveling and as it opens, more elves die (possibly from the flood of magic given the racial sensitivity) which unravels more Veil and so forth. If mages (or even elf-blooded) were also susceptible to the effect and if their demise was violent enough to consume anybody else nearby, that would surely constitute the ignition of chaos that Solas warned the Inquisitor - and all that just to start 'the world of the elves'.
It occurs to me that we might not want to put too much stock in the idol imagery. That was released December 2018 and there might have been some changes since then. We know for a fact that the original Project (whose name I suddenly can't recall) centered around espionage was dropped for a different concept. That image may or may not still be pertinent to the game in current development (possibly slowed given the ongoing crisis).
The Wardens only 'venture north into exile' if the Inquisitor chooses to exile them from Orlais. They stay put as allies if the Inquisitor chooses that option. On the other hand, unless Cory travelled by ship, one needs to pass through Orlais to reach Ferelden. So, it's not technically 'on the way' - and we don't really know where (or how) Cory wandered after he left the Vimmark prison.
Once again, it is not about who beats who with armor-and-weapon, or in a brawl, or who is faster in a foot-race. The original question is simply about strength.
As combat is the constant reference, just because the qunari 'don't have to move as far' to grab a dwarf, doesn't mean the dwarf is either A) easy to grasp, or B) slow enough for it to happen. Being that much shorter than the qunari, the dwarf does not leave a great deal to grab other than head or shoulders. A qunari strike at the dwarven neck would have to be very lucky. Meanwhile, the dwarf could target anywhere between qunari knees to chest. However, both are agile enough to evade such attempts.
Dwarves are just as comfortable in their forms as the qunari. They move every bit as easily as the giants. Dwarven warriors would know just as much as any qunari warrior about 'how to use their size to their advantage', and the odd length of dwarven arms has been a previous topic. Either one could get lucky enough to lock the other down and whale away on them.
This isn't about some rosy-wishful-thinking about the underdog's prospects. A combative contest between a qunari and a dwarf who were equally trained would be quite a bit more interesting than simply 'tall-guy wins'. The original question is still which one is stronger - i.e. able to pick-up/carry more - which would also be an interesting competition.
It's true. Longer qunari arms and legs will be more useful for reaching cans on a high shelf. Meanwhile, dwarves don't have to duck through low door frames. Given the question is about strength, not about a brawl or weapon skills, Renn looked strong enough to easily lift any qunari with one hand (with the possible exception of the Iron Bull). Perhaps we should be considering how many cows or brontos they can lift.
It is also not a given that the Architect survived his final encounter with The Warden or that alliance with the Disciples was established or encouraged. There may not be any enlightened darkspawn that want to ally with anybody. Those Disciples are vastly outnumbered by the rest of the horde and unlikely to be of any use worth mentioning anyway.
No, thank you. I do not care to be possessed by anything other than my own self. Divinity:Original Sin 2 has a similar effect (not to spoil anything in case anyone wants to play) and it is quite intriguing - if annoying for my current character. As for Solas, it seems to me that the enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy, and anything else is negotiable.
The qunari's longer legs might make them faster in a foot-race, but not necessarily in a brawl. If anything, the dwarven size might be an advantage since they have a much lower and smaller 'hit-box' than the larger qunari. Rogue Sigrun is not a good comparison with the likes of Sten or Oghren since they are warriors. A better female contestant might be Valta or someone like Hanashan. Finally, let's not forget that Oghren *is* at his prime when he's drunk. However, the original question is about strength, not skill. In that case, the award might have to go to Aveline. 😊