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== Nature ==
 
Red lyrium is typically found in crystalline form, as with normal [[lyrium]]. It is known to thin the [[Veil]], allowing [[spirit]]s or more likely [[demon]]s to interact with the physical world<ref>[[Haunted]]</ref>, and emanates a noticeable heat<ref>At least [[Dorian Pavus|Dorian]] and [[Iron Bull]] banter imply this</ref>. Where it was originally found, red lyrium grew in root-like veins<ref>As seen in the [[Primeval Thaig]]</ref>, again like normal lyrium. But following the opening of the [[The Breach|Breach]], it began appearing throughout the surface of all of Southern [[Thedas]] in crystalline nodes. These crystals grow almost anywhere, though the composition of the earth can affect their growth<ref>[[Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents]], down from the [[Elder One]] himself</ref>. Regardless, it grows over the landscape like an infection, and once it takes root, it becomes extremely hard to completely remove. The chances of even [[Dwarf|dwarves]] removing it completely from [[Emprise du Lion]], one of the hardest hit locations, is stated as being 0.014%<ref>Dialogue from a [[tranquil]] to a dwarf</ref>.
 
 
Unlike normal lyrium, red lyrium doesn't require a dwarf to mine, and does not require any dilution or ingestion to affect people. All that is required is to be near the mineral.
 
 
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[[Bianca Davri]] discovered red lyrium is lyrium that's been [[Taint|tainted]] by the Blight, which only affects living things, confirming some scholars' beliefs that lyrium is in fact alive.}}
 
 
=== Effects ===
 
Prolonged exposure to red lyrium induces gradual psychological and physical change, though not as quickly as direct use or consumption will<ref>During the future segment of ''[[In Hushed Whispers]]'', if the [[The Inquisitor|Inquisitor]] inquires [[Fiona]] if it's red lyrium growing out of her body, she will respond, "The longer you're near it... eventually... you become this," implying that one needn't consume red lyrium to physically transform</ref>. Drawing upon too much red lyrium too quickly accelerates the process, outright dooming the user either to roaring madness and death<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templars]]</ref><ref>[[Codex entry: Letter to Smugglers' Wagon Masters]]</ref><ref>[[Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents]]</ref> or petrification by lyrium<ref>As seen in [[The Last Straw]] in [[Dragon Age II]]</ref>. Red Templars tell they have to "use it enough so that it changes [them], but not so much that it destroys [them]."<ref>[[Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents]]</ref>
 
 
Depending on the individual, someone can endure years of exposure without any perceivable effect, as is the case with [[Meredith Stannard]]<ref>[[Meredith Stannard|Meredith]] possessed the [[Lyrium idol|red lyrium idol]] for some years, as [[Bartrand Tethras|Bartrand]] can confess in ''[[Family Matter]]'' that he sold it to her some time before or during Act 2, years before Act 3</ref>, or be largely immune to its debilitating effects so long as they don't go into withdrawal, as with [[Raleigh Samson]]<ref>In his [[Sit in Judgment|judgment]], [[Raleigh Samson|Samson]] warns the [[The Inquisitor|Inquisitor]] if exiled into the wilderness that he'll eventually go mad without any red lyrium and might harm innocents</ref>. However, both of these individuals were [[Templar Order|Templars]], and it's possible that their immense willpower, Templar training, and previous experience with lyrium slowed the speed at which the red lyrium corrupted them. Further compounding this, the [[Seekers of Truth]] have shown to be largely immune as well, though it can still poison them if ingested in fatal amounts<ref>As was the case with [[Daniel]], shown in ''[[Promise of Destruction]]''</ref>.
 
 
When templars ingest red lyrium, it improves their powers, grants them new ones, and pushes their strength to superhuman levels<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templars]]</ref>. Even the average red templar outclasses a normal man. A few red templars can fight a group several times their number to a standstill<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templar Foot Soldier]]</ref>, and shield bearers swing full metal tower shields with ease<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templar Guardsman]]</ref>. In perhaps the most extreme case, a [[Raleigh Samson|specific red templar]] said he could march for days without rest and break a man like kindling<ref>[[Codex entry: New Orders]]</ref>.
 
 
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* '''Exposure:''' Symptoms vary. Subject may display heightened possessiveness<ref>As seen with [[Bartrand Tethras|Bartrand]] over the [[Lyrium idol|red lyrium idol]]</ref> or paranoia<ref>[[Meredith Stannard|Meredith]] became increasingly paranoid in the final years leading up to the [[Kirkwall Rebellion (9:37 Dragon)]], aggravated by her red lyrium exposure</ref>, or an increased penchant for violence.
 
* '''Manifestation:''' Subject becomes pained, varying in intensity but always painful<ref>[[Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents]]</ref><ref>[[Codex entry: New Orders]]</ref>. Physically, subject begins to look sickly; their flesh pales, and their veins become prominent but pulse red with the lyrium<ref>As seen with Red Templar Archers</ref>. Subject can be described as resembling a "living corpse."<ref>[[Codex entry: Suledin Keep Documents]]</ref> Eyes also begin to emit a red glow. Subject may potentially emit a reddish haze from their body<ref>As seen with the companions in the dark future during [[In Hushed Whispers]]</ref>. In templars, enhanced strength becomes apparent, and as well as a tolerance for pain. Mentally, subject begins to hear a "song", which which may compel them to try to force others to hear it; others are driven mad and die. [[Cole]] says that they hear "the song behind the door old whispers want opened"<ref>First conversation with [[Cole]] after recruiting him</ref>. Templars recognize the song as different from the song of normal lyrium, "deeper"<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templar Archers]]</ref>. Whether it is also different from [[Old Gods#The Call|the call]] of the [[Old Gods]] is unclear.
 
* '''Advanced:''' The red lyrium begins to crystallize within and sprout from the subject's body. More crystals grow from the subject as the stage progresses. Their flesh becomes misshapen<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templar Foot Soldier]]</ref>, and begins to warp around and over any worn armor<ref>As seen with Red Templar Knights, Horrors and Shadows</ref>. In templars, newfound powers emerge; some can now accelerate the conversion process in each other<ref>As seen with Red Templar Knights</ref><ref>Shown in [[Codex entry: Red Templar Foot Soldier]]</ref>, sow red lyrium into the ground to shatter or form barricades<ref>As seen with [[Behemoth]]s</ref>, or launch it from afar as a projectile weapon<ref>As seen with Red Templar Horrors</ref>. Internally, the red lyrium fuses to the subject's bones, overgrows their lungs, spreads like a fungus to the brain, and grows into their flesh. Blood drains out of the surrounding tissue, as if the lyrium itself is feeding upon it.<ref>[[Codex entry: Shadow]]</ref>
 
* '''End Stage:''' Subject's body is completely overtaken by the lyrium, becoming a [[behemoth]]. Although possessing immense strength, they are barely recognizable as having once been human and exist in constant agony<ref>Implied in [[Codex entry: Behemoth]]</ref>.
 
   
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When templars ingest red lyrium, it improves their powers, grants them new ones, and increases their strength to superhuman levels<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templars]]</ref>. Even the average red templar outclasses a normal man. A few red templars can fight a group several times their number to a standstill<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templar Foot Soldier]]</ref>, and shield bearers swing full metal tower shields with ease<ref>[[Codex entry: Red Templar Guardsman]]</ref>. In perhaps the most extreme case, a [[Raleigh Samson|specific red templar]] said they could march for days without rest and break a man like kindling<ref>[[Codex entry: New Orders]]</ref>.
   
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Prolonged exposure to red lyrium induces gradual psychological and physical change, though not as quickly as direct consumption will<ref>During the future segment of ''[[In Hushed Whispers]]'', if the [[The Inquisitor|Inquisitor]] inquires Fiona if it's red lyrium growing out of her body, she will respond, "The longer you're near it... eventually... you become this," implying that one needn't consume red lyrium to physically transform.</ref>. Depending on its quantity, an individual may endure several years of exposure to red lyrium without any perceivable effect, as was the case with [[Meredith Stannard]], [[Knight-Commander]] of [[Kirkwall]]. It is possible that Meredith's immense willpower and [[Templar]] training also hindered the speed at which her red lyrium corrupted her, though likely she might have been unaware of it.
   
 
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