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Dirthamen: Keeper of Secrets

Dirthamen is the elven god of secrets and knowledge.[1]

Dalish legends[edit | edit source]

Dirthamen wandered aimlessly till he came across two ravens. "You are lost, and soon you will fade," the raven named Fear said to Dirthamen. "Your brother has abandoned you. He no longer loves you," said the other, named Deceit. "I am not lost, and Falon'Din has not abandoned me," replied Dirthamen. He subdued the ravens and bade them carry him to Falon'Din.
—From Codex entry: Dirthamen: Keeper of Secrets

In Dalish stories Dirthamen and his twin brother Falon'Din are the eldest children of Elgar'nan and Mythal. Dirthamen gave to elves the gift of knowledge and taught them loyalty and faith in family.[1]

Legends tell that the twins were inseparable spirits from birth to adulthood. They were parted when Falon'Din ventured beyond the Veil, to a place where his brother could not easily follow. Dirthamen wandered the grey paths of the Fade until he found and outmastered two ravens, Fear and Deceit. The ravens took him to Falon'Din, and the twins swore to never be parted again.[2][3] Together they accompanied the elders who would enter uthenera and walk the shifting paths in search for the secrets of dreams. Dirthamen provided such elves with counsel.[4]

In one tale Dirthamen gave each creature a secret, but only the bears kept it and therefore were honored by him.[5]

Elves also tell that in the days before Arlathan there was a city in the mountains. It was beloved by Dirthamen, who shared his wisdom with its people. When a high dragon attacked the city, Dirthamen created the first varterral from the fallen trees of the forest to serve as its eternal guardian.[6][7]

The Dalish believe that Dirthamen was banished along with the other gods, and his city crumbled to dust.[6] They bury their dead with a cedar branch to scatter his ravens who are now without a master.[4]

In Elvhenan[edit | edit source]

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Dirthamen was one of the Evanuris, elvhen mages who ruled as malevolent despots over Elvhenan, enslaving their kin and branding them with their vallaslin.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Dirthamen and Falon'Din were "twin souls" with no family connection. Their bond was not romantic, beyond even the strongest friendship. The oldest elven stories never even name them directly, referring to Falon'Din as "Dirthamen’s shadow," and Dirthamen as "Falon'Din's reflection."[8]

The unnamed sinner who dared to fly in the shape of the divine belonged to Dirthamen.[9]

Symbols and shrines[edit | edit source]

Dirthamen's symbols are two ravens, a bear and a varterral. Dirthamen himself is sometimes depicted as a cloaked kneeling figure.[10] Ancient glyphs scattered across the Exalted Plains reveal the location of the Lost Temple of Dirthamen.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Twins in Shadow Codex entry: Twins in Shadow

Codex entry: The Lost Temple of Dirthamen Codex entry: The Lost Temple of Dirthamen

Dirthamen's Wisdom Dirthamen's Wisdom

References[edit | edit source]

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