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Warning this page will contain SPOILERS. If you already read novel Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, then what's your opinion on Patrick Weeks' work of art?FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 18:03, April 8, 2014 (UTC)

Alas I have pre-ordered it but comes out on a later date here in the UK. Is it good in your opinion? ---Lazare326 (talk)>

I warn about spoilers. I was very surprised, when I learned that Arlathan elves also had slavery, that was very unexpected of them. Another time a an ancient advise "Don't trust demons" was prooven to be correct. I didn't think there are more Dalish elves that don't consider city elves as their kind. Now we can say that Dalish elves seek past and the city elves seek future. At last we saw Celene's face, she's a machiavellian and ruthless. Burning slums reminded me method of Emperor Nero in times of ancient Rome. I was glad we met sylvans again, they were my favorite oponents in DAO. I wonder if in the end it was really Fen'harel or a demon pretending to be the wolf. I wondered when we meet another Forbidden One and we met, now it's only the Formless on to meet. Celene lost all, but in my opinion she deserved it, but what does matter if she deserved it or not if Orlais is now in chaos. After reading this book I started to think it's good that Cailan died at Ostagar and didn't marry Celene.FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 13:20, April 9, 2014 (UTC)

I haven't read it yet and the summary descriptions aren't very clear grammatically, but from what I can gather it's not as though Celene arbitrarily persecuted one side over the other, she punished the noble who started it all in the first place but the slums were stil in rebellion, what monarch could be expected to allow a rebellion to run a muck in their kingdom? And however Machiavellian or ruthless Celene may be, it doesn't change how necessary she is, or how necessary her methodology may be, in order to govern and change Orlais, I doubt she would have survived long enough to do anything of the sort if she WASN'T ruthless and Machiavellian. And there's really no question she's far more progressive then her other noble counterparts in Orlais is there? Sometimes we need those Marchiavellian types in order to function, whether we particularly like it or not, or else the alternative is bigots like Gaspard and chaos in Orlais. I don't particularly LIKE Anora but I get why she's so effective and how she's such an asset for Ferelden even if she is selfishly ambitious. You make do with what you have, which is how my Inquisitor will look at it when he finally meets her.--KrimzonStriker (talk) 15:46, April 9, 2014 (UTC)
I never said I was surprised by burning the alienages. I know sometimes ruthless rulers are really necessary, but unlike you I often fail to detect when they are neccessary. Once I heard that heartless dictators are needed, when is crisis, some of them rather keep the crisis, so they would be in charge longer.FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 16:05, April 9, 2014 (UTC)
You only need to look at Orlais and who her competition is to tell whether or not Celene is necessary really, it's all about context. As for crisis' is it your impression Celene would rather keep the crisis? As I said I haven't read it but so far it doesn't seem like it.--KrimzonStriker (talk) 16:20, April 9, 2014 (UTC)

Whoever did this page,, made a lot of grammatical/lexical mistakes in the plot section. I will neaten it up. Just clumsy at parts. ---Lazare326 (talk)>

User:Леди боли wrote this part of the page.FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 15:22, April 9, 2014 (UTC)

Well I neatened it up, since names such as Briala were spelt wrong, and Halamshiral was too. Just a few examples. So i did not change the content but more of the structure. The content of the page, although good, needs to be changed, as it's pretty brief and vague at parts. ---Lazare326 (talk)>

Patience, grasshopper, the book's only been out for 2 days. :) --Kelcat (talk) 18:15, April 9, 2014 (UTC)
  That's why I called it "good", XD, just barely readable before which confused me a bit that's all :) ---Lazare326 (talk)>

Seriously, have so few read this novel for now?FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 16:08, April 10, 2014 (UTC)

I want a copy so bad, but finals weeks is upon me, and alas I have no time! :( @FirstDrellSpectre From what I'm gathering from what you said, I can agree that Celene deservedly "lost all." Burning the Elves homes? Really? I completely dislike her now. She sounds reminiscent of Anora, and frankly Anora was not all that and if played right, the PC can be much more cunning (stat wise) than Anora or Celene could ever hope to be. Leader wise, I'd prefer probably a hardened Alistair. But I can't wait to get my hands on the book! Fen'harel is in it?! And the Elves of Arlathan having slaves doesn't totally shock me. I am curious how they treated their slaves. I'm curious if Bioware was making a point of how slavery was different in different times and places. Ancient Tevinter for example used chattel slavery, but was Arlathan's the same? Gah! So many questions! --Jamirflyd (talk) 22:37, April 12, 2014 (UTC)

Read the summary on the wikia if you want that scene clarified. It wasn't as clear cut as made out to be, she tried in fact to rectify the matter by assassinating the HUMAN noble responsible for the riot but it blew up in her face thanks to Gaspard. Practically speaking their was little choice but to use lethal force if you want a riot to be dispersed in this time period, they don't have tear gas and rubber bullets at this point and to allow the riot to go on would have killed even more people.--KrimzonStriker (talk) 01:29, April 13, 2014 (UTC)

I literally just finished reading it about 30 seconds ago. The thing I find most surprising is how much I went into it expecting to hate Gaspard but, honestly? I don't. (talk) 04:37, April 13, 2014 (UTC)

I actually agree with you, I still don't like him personally but I do respect him more and see that he can be reasonable if he'd just put aside his damn pride for a second. His honesty has it's downsides, like when he basically admits to Michel that his objective to make Orlais strong went down the toilet and a protracted civil war might destroy the country he wanted to save, but despite that he won't put aside his ambition or his pride and fight the war regardless. He's like a thickheaded but loveable uncle who exasperates me with his antics but makes me smile because there's a certain charm to how he does it.--KrimzonStriker (talk) 05:23, April 13, 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, of all the Dragon Age novels I think this one has done the best job of making all of the primary characters sympathetic, while also giving each of them serious flaws. It's going to be a far tougher choice than I'd anticipated choosing sides in DAI. (talk) 07:08, April 13, 2014 (UTC)
Hey, you can always hope there's a better option instead of choosing between the two, like with Alistair and Anora, though I'm not suggesting marriage with them given all the daggers they're literally and figuratively throwing at one another, but more like a negotiated peace settlement where they agree to stop this nonsense. Maybe we can install Gaspard as Chancellor in a power-sharing agreement or something, who knows. My Inquisitor will do what it can to find out in any event. Still going with Celene if it comes to it though, Gaspard might be like able personally but the substance of his policies I still don't agree with, they take Orlais backwards not forward, nor do I think Celene is a bad or incapable ruler that merits being dethroned in the first place.--KrimzonStriker (talk) 07:36, April 13, 2014 (UTC)
I'll probably end up siding with Celene, too, I'll just feel a little guilty for it now, both because I'll feel a little bad for beating up Gaspard and because her hands aren't exactly clean. But my favorite choices are always the difficult ones, so I'm rather looking forward to it. (talk) 08:04, April 13, 2014 (UTC)
If it helps think about what he'd do to Ferelden if he is given a chance at the throne. We spent all of the first game saving it, do we really want to give him the chance to destroy that? We wouldn't be ending the bloodshed, we'd be continuing it someplace else. Like I said, if there's a third option which gets these two to put their egos and pride aside and settle this dispute amicably, then by jove take it.--KrimzonStriker (talk) 15:34, April 13, 2014 (UTC)

i just finished reading the book i have to admit i was shocked and not shocked at what briala did and i think fen'harel is the one that kills felassan but i also think its either that thing that kills him or briala who tears the veil now. I admire briala but i pretty much dislike her now she is not to be trusted in any capacity what so ever and as much as i want to help the elves im not sure what to do with her because i believe betrayal will happen... i understand Gaspard but i still dislike the crap out of him he is a hypocrite in so many things and he is selfish and a ruler like that is something i dislike he kinda remindes me of stannis baratheon. And i will always back celene even if she did unspeakable things i don't really blame her she's not even that smart i blame the system and i believe she has the will to change it. But this book sure makes me like and hate everyone at some point except Michele, i liked him. But this book just made it clear to me how shitty orlais is its going to be a pain to handle those nobles Faye_Cousland (talk) 20:54, May 02, 2014 (UTC)

I understan you, but you have to know that even the best system works awful with bad people in charge. Every system in the real world had flaws - oligarchy, plutocracy, monarchy, democracy, totalitarism, military regimes, meritocracy. Who was Stannis Baratheon? If the Inquisition takes all duties of templars, seekers and grey wardens (attacking them in their keep) and has to fix this world, why not take over or nations and replace their systems with own, instead of giving advices those, who won't listen to you or do it other than you wished? Because people or selfish nobles won't accept a military organisation in charge? They don't know what they need or are to blind to understand it, such political enemies should be terminated for standing in way to fixing the world. The only way to save Thedas is to eliminate all rulers and let Inquisition to take over their nations. Dictatorship of competent Inquisitor is better than oligarchy of incompetent treacherous nobles or puppets in charge.FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 20:13, May 2, 2014 (UTC)
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