Fearlings are lesser demons in service of a Fear demon. They take the form of the viewer's fear.
"When Lieutenant Herve cut one in half, he started screaming about an imagined fire, The Templar with us waded in, looking for Mages who were not there. The second my sword pierced a fearling's flesh, I became consumed by thoughts of disappointing my mother. I told everyone I saw a Dragon."
Fearlings are encountered in the Raw Fade during the min quest Here Lies the Abyss. After meeting Divine Justinia V and advancing past the second clearing, the Nightmare will speak to the Inquisitor and their party. Afterwards it will unleash the Fearlings along the pass.The Inquisitor and Hawke perceive the Fearlings as oversized spiders. Cassandra sees them as maggots. Sera describes them as physically impossible embodiments of nothingness.
- Vulnerability: Spirit
- Immunity: Panicked
- When targeted, fearlings in the Fade have names for whatever fear they represent. That is, fear, drowning, blood, loneliness, the Maker, etc.
- One fearling in the Fade is named "Ironically, Spiders".
- Although they are not truly spiders, defeated fearlings may drop Spider Ichor that can be used for requisitions after leaving the Fade, or Spider Fangs that can be turned in at the research table.
- Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 298