Save us from the darkness, as you did before, and we will sing your name to the heavens.”
Pray to Mythal and she would smite your enemies, leaving them in agony.”
Dalish legends[edit | edit source]
—From Codex entry: Mythal: the Great Protector
The Dalish believe that Mythal was born of the sea. They tell that when Elgar'nan threw the sun out of the sky in vengeance for burning the earth to ashes, Mythal calmed him and helped him see how his anger had betrayed him. Elgar'nan was convinced to free the sun. On the first night after the sun was released Mythal created the moon, from the glowing earth round its bed, to be placed in the sky as a pale reflection of the sun's true glory.
In most legends, Mythal and Elgar'nan had at least four children, possibly five: Falon'Din, Dirthamen, Andruil, Sylaise and June. However, June is oftentimes depicted as Sylaise’s husband, thus potentially excluding him from being considered one of the children.
In most stories, Mythal rights wrongs while exercising motherly kindness. Other paint her as dark, vengeful. Yet all accounts end the same: Mythal was exiled to the Beyond with other gods.
In Elvhenan[edit | edit source]
Mythal was truly the Mother, protective and fierce.
The ancient priests who toiled in Mythal's favor passed their knowledge on through the Well of Sorrows. Their collective will would put anyone who drank from it under a compulsion and bind them forever to Mythal's service.
Elves petitioned Mythal on matters of justice and it is said that those who came to her with clear minds and open hearts were granted judgment and protection; Mythal harried their enemies until the end of their days. Those who tried to manipulate her wrath against those they envied or were being petty over imagined slights were swiftly struck down.Thus, Mythal did not show favor to the sinner who dared to fly in the shape of the divine. She let Elgar'nan judge him.
Mythal has struck down the titans and rendered the earth, their demesne, unto the elves. Her statues are found deep underground, often accompanied by statues of Fen'Harel. One statue is overlooking an ancient dwarven tomb. She is described as giving dreams to someone empty and thus filling them up.Mythal's Well of Sorrows knows the secret greeting from those Fen'Harel trusted, which suggests that Fen'Harel and Mythal were close.
Fate[edit | edit source]
Mythal was reduced to a wisp of what she was, and came to Flemeth in her time of need. Thus the famed Witch of the Wilds, who is in fact the possessed form of Mythal, came to be. She seeks justice for what was lost.In the aftermath of Corypheus' defeat, Solas confronts Flemeth at an eluvian just as Flemeth is seen passing some form of energy through the mirror. After a brief exchange Solas/Fen'Harel appears to absorb Flemeth's power.
Symbols and shrines[edit | edit source]
Mythal is often depicted as a dragon or a female humanoid figure with dragon head and wings. The constellation "Silentir," which resembles a dragon in flight, may be related to Mythal.
An altar to Mythal is found atop Sundermount, outside of Kirkwall. A majestic Temple of Mythal guarded by Sentinel elves is located deep in the Arbor Wilds. It was once the center of a temple complex with an entire city around it, and there were multiple such cities. Another Altar of Mythal stands nearby.
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