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27th Aug '16 6:41:08 PM BigMan
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* BadassDecay: By the time of ''Origins'', it's been four hundred years since the last Blight, the darkspawn are only ever seen in small numbers on the surface which (combined with propoganda spread after the end of the Fourth Blight) has convinced most of Thedas that the losses the darkspawn took in the final battle mean they can never again be a major threat to the world. Furthermore, most people across Thedas look down on the Grey Wardens as both a relic of a dark period in history best left forgotten still trying to convince the world they have relevence, and a dumping ground for criminals, blood mages, second sons and other social undesireables.

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* BadassDecay: By the time of ''Origins'', it's been four hundred years since the last Blight, the darkspawn are only ever seen in small numbers on the surface which (combined with propoganda propaganda spread after the end of the Fourth Blight) has convinced most of Thedas that the losses the darkspawn took in the final battle mean they can never again be a major threat to the world. Furthermore, most people across Thedas look down on the Grey Wardens as both a relic of a dark period in history best left forgotten still trying to convince the world they have relevence, and a dumping ground for criminals, blood mages, second sons and other social undesireables.
29th Jul '16 6:52:57 AM Geostomp
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* DefectorFromDecadence: The three major factions all feel this way about their positions in the rebellion. The rebels see their acts as a refusal to return to a system that uses them without any pretense of human rights and see the loyalists as tools or sycophants more concerned with their own power than the fates of other mages. The loyalists see the rebels as reckless fools starting a war they cannot win without a clear goal who are unable to see beyond an overly idealistic sense of freedom. Finally, the renegade apostates despise both groups, seeing them as weaklings holding on to values imposed on them by the Chantry rather than reveling in their power. The rebels and loyalists agree in their negative opinion of the renegades, seeing them as thugs taking advantage of the chaos for a meaningless ego trip.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: The three two major factions all feel this way about their positions in the rebellion. The rebels see their acts as a refusal to return to a system that uses them without any pretense of human rights and see the loyalists as tools or sycophants more concerned with their own power than the fates of other mages. The loyalists see the rebels as reckless fools starting a war they cannot win without a clear goal who are unable to see beyond an overly idealistic sense of freedom. Finally, the renegade apostates despise both groups, seeing them as weaklings holding on to values imposed on them by the Chantry rather than reveling in their power. The rebels and loyalists agree in their negative opinion of the renegades, seeing them as thugs taking advantage of the chaos for a meaningless ego trip.



* RenegadeSplinterFaction: A not-insignificant number of apostates terrorized the countryside around Redcliffe in ''Inquisition'', claiming that their magic [[AGodAmI made them gods among men]] so they should [[EvilSorcerer act accordingly]]. It's unclear how many were originally part of the Circle, but the main faction of rebel mages did little to stop their rampage.

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* RenegadeSplinterFaction: A not-insignificant number of apostates terrorized the countryside around Redcliffe in ''Inquisition'', claiming that their magic [[AGodAmI made them gods among men]] so they should [[EvilSorcerer act accordingly]]. It's unclear how many were originally part of the Circle, but while the loyalists and main rebel faction of rebel mages denounced them as thugs on an ego trip, neither did little much to stop them outside of their rampage.territory.
21st Jul '16 11:56:02 AM Geostomp
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* LegionOfLostSouls: They are a last refuge of some of the most desperate of Orazammar.
21st Jul '16 11:52:31 AM Geostomp
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* HeroicNeutral: While the Collective does defy the oppressive Chantry law and is known to hire agents to kill maleficars or demons they learn of, the organization as a whole attempts to remain as politically neutral as possible to avoid bringing the attention and wrath of official factions. They even refused to take sides during the mage rebellion despite their own fugitive status.



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* UndergroundRailroadUndergroundRailroad: They provide aid for mages who manage to escape the Circle and their families.
17th Jul '16 6:45:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheDreaded: Feared by any darkspawn who are intelligent enough to understand ''the concept of fear''. Even '''[[MadGod the archdemons]]''' are terrified of them, so much so that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they seem to make any and all Wardens priority targets during a Blight]]. To a much lesser extent, the rest of Thedas is generally smart enough not to screw with the wardens, either.

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* TheDreaded: Feared by any darkspawn who are intelligent enough to understand ''the concept of fear''. Even '''[[MadGod the archdemons]]''' are terrified of them, so much so that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they seem to make any and all Wardens priority targets during a Blight]].Blight. To a much lesser extent, the rest of Thedas is generally smart enough not to screw with the wardens, either.
1st Jul '16 3:04:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* BoxedCrook: Many of the Wardens featured in the franchise, including [[TheObiWan Duncan]] and [[LoveableRogue Daveth]] (as well as the City Elf, Dwarf Commoner, and Dwarf Noble Wardens from ''Origins'') were criminals brought into the Order by the Right of Conscription. Dorian in ''Inquisition'' has little patience for Blackwall because he suspects that Blackwall was one such criminal, making his self-righteousness a tad hypocritical. [[spoiler:Oddly enough Dorian becomes more tolerant after finding out how right he actually was.]]

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* BoxedCrook: Many of the Wardens featured in the franchise, including [[TheObiWan Duncan]] Duncan and [[LoveableRogue Daveth]] (as well as the City Elf, Dwarf Commoner, and Dwarf Noble Wardens from ''Origins'') were criminals brought into the Order by the Right of Conscription. Dorian in ''Inquisition'' has little patience for Blackwall because he suspects that Blackwall was one such criminal, making his self-righteousness a tad hypocritical. [[spoiler:Oddly enough Dorian becomes more tolerant after finding out how right he actually was.]]
24th Jun '16 3:04:19 AM outlander2012
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* BadassDecay: By the time of ''Origins'', it's been four hundred years since the last Blight, the darkspawn are only ever seen in small numbers on the surface which (combined with propoganda spread after the end of the Fourth Blight) has convinced most of Thedas that the losses the darkspawn took in the final battle mean they can never again be a major threat to the world. Furthermore, most people across Thedas look down on the Grey Wardens as both a relic of a dark period in history best left forgotten still trying to convince the world they have relevence, and a dumping ground for criminals, blood mages, second sons and other social undesireables.
13th Jun '16 7:30:23 PM RainbowPhoenix
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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: The Templars are willing to go to great extremes in their mission to protect the public from magic. The Right of Annulment is the most obvious example. If a Circle appears to be lost to demons or blood magic, the Templars are authorized to indiscriminately kill every mage within, [[ShootTheDog including women and children]]. Though this is meant to be an [[GodzillaThreshold absolute last resort]] to prevent the possible escape of even one abomination, it has been abused as early as the third age to cover up the mass murder of mages committed by a particularly bigoted templar.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: The Templars are willing to go to great extremes in their mission to protect the public from magic. The Right of Annulment is the most obvious example. If a Circle appears to be lost to demons or blood magic, the Templars are authorized to indiscriminately kill every mage within, [[ShootTheDog including women and children]]. Though this is meant to be an [[GodzillaThreshold absolute last resort]] to prevent the possible escape of even one abomination, it has been abused as early as the third age age, only ''25 years'' after it was first granted, to cover up the mass murder of mages committed by a particularly bigoted templar.
7th Jun '16 8:16:56 AM nighttrainfm
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* BloodMagic: The Joining Ritual that new recruits must undertake is technically BloodMagic. Unlike the rest of Thedas, the Wardens don't really have a problem with BloodMagic, considering it just yet another weapon in their arsenal.

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* BloodMagic: BloodMagic:
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The Joining Ritual that new recruits must undertake is technically BloodMagic. BloodMagic.
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Unlike the rest of Thedas, the Wardens don't really have a problem with BloodMagic, considering it just yet another weapon in their arsenal.arsenal. Avernus even figured out how Wardens of any stripe, mage or not, could weaponise their own tainted blood.
4th Jun '16 4:03:24 AM outlander2012
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* Expy: Of, unsurprisingly, the Night's Watch from A Song of Ice And Fire. Both Orders were established in a time of great darkness when all humanity was threatened with extinction by an eldritch evil (The First Blight and the Long Night, respectively). Both Orders are sworn not to take any part in the politics of the kingdoms they defend and were highly respected in the past, but have declined seemingly in power and prestige as the evil they were created to fight (the darkspawn for the Wardens, the Others for the Watch) has faded from public view and become viewed as mythological, and the organisations themselves have become viewed at best as a relic of a dark period in history best left forgotten, and at worst as a dumping ground for criminals and other societal rejects.
* GargleBlaster: All gray wardens have their own personal "Conscription Ale" bottle, which contains a unique melange of any manner of liquors they get ahold of. Their "vintage" isn't a year, but the name of the warden who owns it. The label often also contains a pithy phrase of some sort.

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* Expy: Of, unsurprisingly, the Night's Watch from A Song of Ice And Fire.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Both Orders were established in a time of great darkness when all humanity was threatened with extinction by an eldritch evil (The First Blight and the Long Night, respectively). Both Orders are sworn not to take any part in the politics of the kingdoms they defend and were highly respected in the past, but have declined seemingly in power and prestige as the evil they were created to fight (the darkspawn for the Wardens, the Others for the Watch) has faded from public view and become viewed as mythological, and the organisations themselves have become viewed at best as a relic of a dark period in history best left forgotten, and at worst as a dumping ground for criminals and other societal rejects.
* GargleBlaster: All gray wardens Grey Wardens have their own personal "Conscription Ale" bottle, which contains a unique melange of any manner of liquors they get ahold of. Their "vintage" isn't a year, but the name of the warden who owns it. The label often also contains a pithy phrase of some sort.



* TheTheocracy: The Chantry is actually an Orlesian creation, originating from the Andrastian cult followed by the first emperor, and the goals of the Empire and the church are very tightly intertwined. For example, one interpretation of the ousting of Viscount Perrin Threnhold of Kirkwall was that the Chantry acted on behalf of Orlais when he tried to charge higher tariffs on trade through Kirkwall's harbor. It is also implied that the Exalted March on the Dales may have also had an expansionist angle, considering that Orlais was the only country to participate and gain from it.

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* TheTheocracy: The Chantry is actually an Orlesian creation, originating from the Andrastian cult followed by the first emperor, and the goals of the Empire and the church are very tightly intertwined. For example, one interpretation of the ousting of Viscount Perrin Threnhold of Kirkwall was that the Chantry acted on behalf of Orlais when he tried to charge higher tariffs on trade through Kirkwall's harbor. It is also implied that the Exalted March on the Dales may have also had an expansionist angle, considering that Orlais was the only country to participate and gain from it. A Codex entry found in ''Inquisition'', detailing a pro-elven pamphlet circulating around the University of Orlais, hypothesises that Orlais saw the Dales as an obstacle to its ambition to expand eastward into Ferelden, and the so-called 'elven isolationism' that triggered the Marches was little more than the elves attempting to maintain their own independence and autonomy in the face of ever-aggressive Orlesian expansionism.
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