If you could ask any character (while they were alive) from DA:O or DA2 a single question, and be absolutely assured of an honest answer (you uh, "borrowed" Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth), what would you ask them? I want to avoid the obvious, so let's leave Flemeth and the Archdemon out of this.
Would you ask King Cailan about Loghain's loyalty? Or perhaps Arl Eamon, why he married such a bitch? Maybe you'd want to ask something of a minor character like Ser Cauthrien or Slim Couldry?
If I were you I'd want to leave Anders out of it. Because to me the most obvious question is: "Anders, why the FUCK did you blow up the GOD-DAMNED Chantry?!"
My Cousland Warden would like to ask Loghain/Howe whether they conspired to murder Bryce Cousland before the Battle of Ostagar. That would make a major difference in how I view Loghain. I was always intensely frustrated with Cousland Warden's and Loghain's 'campfire chats' after the Landsmeet duel, listening to Loghain go on about Annora's skinned knees or the perfidy of the Orlesians but was never able to ask him that single question. Second choice would be to ask Hawke why the heck he stayed in Kirkwall after what happened to his Mom and his sibling was in the Grey Wardens. That always seemed to be the weakest point in the whole DA2 plot that after Leandra's fate that Hawke doesn't simply grab his lover, sell the estate and get the eff outta Dodge... Qalan (talk) 20:10, November 13, 2011 (UTC)
- Hey, that should have been my question, about the Couslands! :-) - As for Hawke, I would have asked Leandra why she thought Kirkwall was the best place to go to for an apostate mage, after she learned that the Amells didn't own a thing there. --Ygrain (talk) 20:42, November 13, 2011 (UTC)
- Of course they conspired to kill Bryce Cousland before the Battle of Ostagar. How else would he be dead before the battle took place? And I'd ask Bann Vaughan how he developed such a quality backhand serve. Futonrevoltion (talk) 20:54, November 13, 2011 (UTC)
- Alright, alright, let's try again: "What _exactly_ was your involvement in the Cousland massacre, Loghain? Did you A) order Howe to do away with Bryce, B) consented when Howe demanded this as a price for becoming your ally, or C) learned only afterwards and had to cover it up since you needed Howe's support? - Not that it really matters, 'cause you're dead anyway, I'm asking just out of curiosity." --Ygrain (talk) 21:01, November 13, 2011 (UTC)
- If I had to guess, Loghain undoubtedly saw Cousland's military force and influence amongst the other Banns as a danger to be dealt with. Howe coveting the land, wealth, and power, probably conceived of and planned the betrayal (he likely had a plan for quite some time, and just needed the support of a Loghain to finally do it). And while Loghain was not involved in the details, except perhaps for timing, he most certainly knew and gave the go ahead. KatherineMarieS. (talk) 21:36, November 13, 2011 (UTC)
- That's one possibility. On the other hand, a Loghain who was ignorant of Howe's intentions may well have intended to deal with the Couslands himself. After all, Ostagar took care of Cailin, Arl Urien of Denerim, and Fergus - a similar fate could have been planned for Bryce when he showed up. And with the Teryn and his son dead or neutralized and the Highever levies integrated with the Royal Army under Loghain's direct command, any Cousland threat to Loghain's position would have been negligible even if Howe had never betrayed them to begin with! Qalan (talk) 22:51, November 13, 2011 (UTC)
- Loghain may have indeed intended something later, but I believe that Howe jumped at the opportunity, because it fulfilled his dreams of avarice. Howe knew what Loghain ultimately intended, so to risk throwing a monkey wrench into a national overthrow, by going after the Couslands without Loghain's consent seems unlikely.
- For instance, Howe made sure to get Loghain's approved even on a relatively small decision like Zevran. Howe thought of it & got Zev without Loghain's knowledge, but the "yes, go ahead" was in the end Loghain's to give. At least that's my 2 cents. KatherineMarieS. (talk) 00:56, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- There's no doubt that Loghain and Howe are thick as thieves once they're both in Denerim, if only because any conflict between them would be mutually destructive at that point, so the whole Zevran thing doesn't really indicate anything to me. For that matter, Howe could have been involving Loghain in Zevran's hire to ensure that Loghain can't later hang Howe out to dry by claiming Howe was acting alone (something Loghain sort of half-heartedly tries to do at the Landsmeet anyway). I used to think Howe's holding the Templar who captured Jowan was evidence of an earlier link, but someone pointed out to me that Howe simply could have seized him when he arrived in Denerim and been holding him as leverage over Loghain (you can't get rid of me, Loghain or I'll make sure everyone knows you're hiring apostate-mage assassins...). What it comes down to is that everyone's got an opinion on this but I want an answer!!! LOL Qalan (talk) 01:58, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- Oh, quite the contrary, there are a couple of questions I would _love_ to ask them, like "where were your brains when you were making DA2, on holidays?" and "where was your spine when you were made to come out with an unpolished product?"
- BTW, see what we are doing? Every time it comes to Loghain, we start speculating on his motives. One of the things, IMHO, which makes Origins so appealing, is this sense of mystery, or unsolved riddle - sorely lacking in DA2.--Ygrain (talk) 05:23, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- Yes, it sometimes felt as if various NPC's had their own thoughts. If anyone ever played (I'm really dating myself) Betrayal At Krondor (not Return To Krondor, that was just horrible), that game made it feel as if the world were alive and it was up to you to get caught up, because no one would wait for you.
In DA:O my question would be to the Archdemon (provided he\she\it is capable of some way of communication), to tell his story prior to the moment the darkspawn found him\her\it. I'm really interested in whether the Archdemons are really ancient gods, banished by the Maker. In DAII my question would be to Flemeth - who or what she really is? Though I always wanted to ask Meredith about her sex life - she seems so cranky all the time. May be it's not because of the sword or her sister's death?:)---Algol- (talk) 00:35, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- Congrats - The OP specifically excluded the Archdemon & Flemeth. Otherwise, my top question (even ahead of the Cousland/Loghain) would also have been 'who/what exactly are you and what are you planning?' to Flemeth! LOL Qalan (talk) 01:58, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- "Though I always wanted to ask Meredith about her sex life" --- Ewww! EWWW!!! KatherineMarieS. (talk) 02:32, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- Tut-tut. She's a templar, she's not supposed to have any. :D --Ygrain (talk) 05:09, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- I second this notion! My Hawke demands satisfaction (especially after dealing with the emotional roller coaster that is their love life for 10 years)! Sevarian10 (talk) 07:52, November 14, 2011 (UTC)Sevarian10
- The reason Sten isn't horny like other Qunari, is that a small percentage are born without. They're thought of as special and often picked to head diplomatic type missions, because their appearance is less alarming. ;) KatherineMarieS. (talk) 07:01, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
Asking Anders why he did what he did would be a waste of perfectly good question, because his answer is right there in the game. Unless what you really want is rhetoric, dramatic "WHYYYY?!", that is. My question would be to Cullen - "Say, Cullen, this Hawke dude...yeah, the one who just stabbed himself in a blood magic ritual right in front of your eyes, that's him - is it okay with you? Really? Why?" Dorquemada (talk) 08:05, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
- About Cullen... I always had a rhetorical question why he was appointed a high-ranking officer, because this man clearly belongs to the institution. The events in fereldan Circle seem to have too much impact on his fragile little templar mind)---Algol- (talk) 10:28, November 14, 2011 (UTC)
To Meredith: "So I'm walking around with a big freaking staff zapping enemies wherever I go, and you only notice at the end of act 2?
To everybody that doesn't run when encounter the Warden: "Do you really think you can kill the guy that single-handely killed thousands of enemies, won a civil war and stopped a Blight in one year?"
Mandalore 16:20, November 16, 2011 (UTC)
- Probably because they are the other parent, and so have mutual plans xD-Algol- (talk) 10:35, November 29, 2011 (UTC)
Hello Andraste, my question to you is this... REALLY? Did you think? Do you take one damn minute and think about how warped, twisted, and misused your ideals would become? Are you happy with how the Chantry has turned into a "Tevinter-esque" machine for mass world control? I know magic is meant to serve man not rule him... I would apply the same concept to religion! The Chantry was meant to serve man, NOT rule him... stupid barbarian girl... you didn't think that one through did you? Slim7180 (talk) 09:08, November 29, 2011 (UTC)
- You know why the Chantry banned blood magic? To have a monopoly on mind control.-Algol- (talk) 10:37, November 29, 2011 (UTC)
on Loghain's involvement in killing the Couslands: I think there was a point where someone answered that question to some extent. Cailan and Bryce were trying to get the Orlesians to help and Loghain and Howe saw it as conspiring with the enemy and inviting them to take over again. Loghain was most likely just being manipulated and exploited by Howe. the more I figured out about them the more I realized Loghain was just a foolish paranoid puppet and Howe was the real problem. he just made Loghain think he was in charge. if the Warden hadn't killed Howe then Howe undoubtedly would've killed Loghain sooner or later.
on Morrigan: the Warden actually asked her that very question, albeit worded differently and she gave an honest answer, as her and Flemeth usually did. which I think was "I do not wish to tell you". secretive as those 2 are they don't really lie much, if at all.
but if I could ask any character a question and they had to do what I asked, then I would ask Flemeth to teach me her magic. if that was not a possibility, I would ask Leliana in DA2 how she's alive when you import a save where she was killed. or maybe I'd ask the devs why no one in game (at least in DAO, not sure about DA2) mentions the fact that a blood mage Warden is a blood mage, even when conversing about blood mages and blood magic. or that the joining itself is blood magic. so many times with my blood mage Warden I wanted to smack people.--Vampire Damian (talk) 18:28, November 29, 2011 (UTC)
You got it right Vamp. On the Loghain thing though, if anyone ever reads the codex entries, there's a good one from the chest in Return to Ostagar. It's a letter to Cailan from Eamon where Eamon is apologizing to Cailan for an argument they had previously. Eamon is trying to convince Cailan to put aside Anora and marry Empress Celene of Orlais. The question of succession and the fact that she is Loghain's daughter are the 2 main arguments here. Cailan is resisting the idea though whether because of Loghain or Anora is unknown. Loghain probably finds out and that is the last straw and sets into motion the events of Ostagar and afterward. The Wardens are just a scapegoat. Arl Howe is taking advantage of the situation to his own gain. Oh the Machiavellian charm of it all! HJHL 19:37, November 29, 2011 (UTC)
I would ask Tamlen : Why did you touch the fuckin mirror