|It has been suggested that some portions of this article be split into articles titled Abomination (lore), Desire abomination, Hunger abomination, Pride abomination, Rage abomination and Sloth abomination. (Discuss)|
An abomination is a creature created when a demon possesses a living being with magical abilities. There are stories of abominations that have ravaged entire settlements or even gone on to tyrannize a countryside for years after their creation. Most of the world does not know, however, that the strength of an abomination depends entirely on the power of the demon that possesses the mage. Thus, the magnitude of threat an abomination can pose is dependent on the type of demon that possesses the mage.
In the broadest sense of the term, "abomination" is sometimes used to refer to the demonic possession of mage corpses or the product of merging a mage with a benevolent spirit. The spirits can also possess almost any creature or object, including plants and rocks, however, these hosts cannot become abominations in the true sense, as the spirits gain no additional powers through possession.
- 1 Background
- 2 Notable abominations
- 3 Strategy
- 4 Variations
- 5 Codex entries
- 6 Gallery
- 7 References
Abominations are rare and usually created when a weak mage enters the Fade and is exposed to a demon's influence, such as during the ritual of Harrowing employed by the Circle of Magi. Mages who experiment with blood magic are more susceptible to demons and also risk becoming abominations. It is not unheard of for Grey Warden mages trapped by darkspawn behind enemy lines with no hope of rescue or reinforcements to willingly surrender themselves to demons and become abominations in order to slay as many darkspawn as possible. Malicious blood mages and demons in solid form are also able to summon demons into unwilling hosts.
Once a demon possessed abomination is created, it will try to create more abominations. While it is possible to free someone who has been possessed, this is rarely done due to the risks involved in such an attempt. One method involves an independent party entering the Fade and killing the dominating demon of the possessed. Marethari Talas says that those who are freed in such a way never truly recover as the soul of the formerly possessed is scarred and describes the liberated host as a wounded animal that could easily fall prey to scavengers. The Avvar employ a ritual to release themselves from possession but this ritual involves a spirit voluntarily leaving its host rather than fighting off a demon. Aside from those listed, death of the host is the most convenient way to end possession. The mages who are not yet fully possessed can be saved by using the Litany of Adralla.
The possession is not physical—the demon is still in the Fade, but so is the mage's spirit, and the demon is able to control the body through that captive spirit like a puppet. The demon channels its power through the body, sees through the mage's eyes and is able to use magic in ways the mage would have never imagined. However, the experience of entering the physical realm is overwhelming to the weaker demons, and abominations are often driven mad by the unfamiliar sensations, turning into monstrosities and going on a rampage. The most powerful demons are able to adapt to the new form and even maintain the original physical shape of their host in particular, when the possession is accepted willingly. Some demons also have the ability of shapeshifting. The most common way to get an abomination to reveal its nature is to make it feel threatened so that the residing demon would impulsively defend its host. The Avvar claim that the benevolent spirits they worship as gods watch for signs that an abomination has turned dangerous and will kill it in its sleep before it can endanger others.
As stated, possession can occur with either a spirit or a demon and thus the possession experience varies. In some cultures across Thedas, mages deliberately seek out possession by spirits. Avvar apprentice mages allow themselves to become possessed by spirits to learn to control their magic, then release the spirit once they have mastered their talent. The seers of Rivain, wise women who are in fact hedge mages, also communicate with spirits and allow themselves to become possessed.
Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
Dragon Age: The Calling
Dragon Age: Origins
- Amalia – possessed by a desire demon (conditional}
- Connor Guerrin – possessed by a desire demon (conditional}
- Matthias – possessed by a desire demon (conditional}
- Sophia Dryden
- Uldred – possessed by a pride demon
- Wynne – possessed by a Spirit of Faith
Dragon Age: Awakening
Dragon Age II
- Anders – possessed by a spirit of Justice; possibly corrupted into Vengeance
- Grace – possessed by a pride demon
- Feynriel – possessed by the sloth demon Torpor (conditional)
- Marethari Talas – possessed by the pride demon Audacity
Dragon Age: Asunder
Dragon Age: The Masked Empire
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights
- Khedra – possessed by a pride demon
- The Shame of Serault
- Werewolves – possessed by rage or hunger demons
- Witherfang – possessed by the Lady of the Forest
- Mythallen – a Dalish elf named Harralan who was possessed by a rage demon
- Revenger – possessed by a rage demon
Standard rage, hunger, sloth and desire abominations have exactly the same appearance and use the same pair of skills:
- HP < 75% ~50% chance.
- Any ~20% chance.
- Triple Strike (its effect varies slightly in abomination types)
- Any ~30%
- Abominations are immune to Nature damage, so most poisons, acid flasks and acidic/acidic grease traps are useless against them. Abominations are also one of the few enemies to have Electricity resistance (25%).
- In Origins, abominations explode shortly after death, dealing minor area of effect damage.
- Rage abomination
- Sloth abomination
- Hunger abomination
- Desire abomination
- Pride abomination
The broader definition also includes:
- Arcane horrors – mage corpses possessed by pride demons
- Revenants – warrior corpses typically possessed by powerful desire or pride demons
- Spirit healers
- Spirit Warriors
- Codex entry: Abomination
- Codex entry: Blighted Werewolf
- Codex entry: Demonic Possession
- Codex entry: Flemeth
- Codex entry: Flemeth's Demise
- Codex entry: The Right of Annulment
- Codex entry: Werewolf
- Anders in a dialogue with Merrill.
- Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 172
- Codex entry: Abomination
- Mike Searly. "Traveler's Guide". Dragon Age: Origins: Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide.
- Codex entry: Demonic Possession
- Wynne is called an abomination in Dragon Age: Asunder, p. 270
- David Gaider. "Can non-mages become abominations?" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on August 18, 2013.
- Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 109
- Dragon Age: Last Flight, p. 123
- As evidenced by Cullen Rutherford's dialogue during Enemies Among Us.
- The Arl of Redcliffe#What to do with Connor
- According to Anders during Enemies Among Us.
- Conversations with The Augur of Stone-Bear Hold.
- As seen during In Exile.
- Codex entry: Rivain
- Codex entry: Unbound
- Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, The Wigmaker Job
- Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, Hunger