—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.
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. 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.
In one tale Dirthamen gave each creature a secret, but only the bears kept it and therefore were honored by him.
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.
The Dalish believe that Dirthamen was banished along with the other gods, and his city crumbled to dust. They bury their dead with a cedar branch to scatter his ravens who are now without a master.
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."The sinner who dared to fly in the shape of the divine belonged to Dirthamen.
Symbols and shrines
Dirthamen's symbols are two ravens, a bear and a varterral. Dirthamen himself is sometimes depicted as a cloaked kneeling figure. Ancient glyphs scattered across the Exalted Plains reveal the location of the Lost Temple of Dirthamen.
- Codex entry: The Lost Temple of Dirthamen
- Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 120
- Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Player's Guide, set 2, p. 23
- Codex entry: Dirthamen: Keeper of Secrets
- Codex entry: Falon'Din: Friend of the Dead, the Guide
- Codex entry: Bear
- Codex entry: Varterral
- Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 174
- Codex entry: Twins in Shadow.
- Codex entry: Ancient Elven Writing
- Landmarks on the Plains: "The Raven"