History Franchise / DragonAge

22nd Apr '17 7:09:14 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* JustAStupidAccent: The human nations all speak English with an accent and a few words of the appropriate real life language sprinkled in. The dwarves and Dalish do the same, with North American and Welsh accents respectively. This isn't translation convention either, it's acknowledged in-universe; the CommonTongue has gradually superseded the local languages over centuries.
16th Mar '17 4:16:22 PM Epicazeroth
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* AerisAndBob: The names of the four main types of darkspawn: genlocks, hurlocks, sharlocks, and... ogres. This also applies to character names to an extent. There are a lot of real-world names mixed in with the more fantastic fare. Justified in the codices: [[spoiler: Genlocks, Hurlocks, and Sharlocks (labeled in-game by the nickname "Shrieks") are the ancient terms for Blight-mutated Dwarves, Humans, and Elves respectively.]]

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** There are a lot of real-world names mixed in with the more fantastic fare, ranging from (for example) "Cassandra" and "Alistair" to "Morrigan" and "Solas". Non-humans, and to a lesser extend humans from other cultures such as the Avvar, are more prone to having unusual names because they have their own languages Qunari don't even technically ''have'' names, only titles (e.g. "Arishok" or "Viddasala"). And of course, the {{PlayerCharacter}}s can have almost any name.
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The names of the four main types of darkspawn: genlocks, hurlocks, sharlocks, and... ogres. This also applies to character names to an extent. There are a lot of real-world names mixed in with the more fantastic fare. Justified in the codices: [[spoiler: Genlocks, Hurlocks, and Sharlocks (labeled in-game by the nickname "Shrieks") are the ancient terms for Blight-mutated Dwarves, Humans, and Elves respectively.]]]]
** Magical beings such as spirits/demons and deities are sometimes named after concepts (e.g. Justice, Compassion, Pride, Desire). Those with proper names tend to be unique entities; examples include the Avvar God Hakkon, the Old God Urthemiel, the Elven God Mythal, and the Forbidden One Xebenkeck.
15th Mar '17 8:08:43 AM morenohijazo
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* ThinDimensionalBarrier: The Veil between the physical world and the [[SpiritWorld Fade]] is weaker in some places than in others. This is especially true for places where a large loss of life or suffering has occurred, such as Blackmarsh in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' or the entirety of [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. The most obvious consequence of the Veil weakening is that it allows demons to enter the waking world much more easily, but it also enables much easier entrance to the Fade, as well, even for people who are normally incapable of doing so (e.g. dwarves, who normally cannot enter the Fade at all, have been able to briefly do so in both Blackmarsh and Kirkwall).
11th Mar '17 10:46:43 PM partner555
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* MuggleMageRomance: Actually quite common in the series, despite a heavy social stigma on dallying with mages (magic is viewed as evil by the dominant religious groups and children of mages are more likely to develop magical abilities themselves), although most end in a lot more tragedy than Malcolm and Leandra's (he died of natural causes after raising three kids with her).
6th Feb '17 6:09:33 AM Koveras
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** Mages are said to be so dangerously powerful that a single blood mage can take out a whole squad of soldiers with ease, and a dozen mages can rival a whole platoon. As of the [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 second game]], the mage class is now mechanically fairly equal to the warrior and rogue classes, making rogue mages that Hawke and the Inquisitor encounter not much harder to kill than random bandits.

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** Mages are said to be so dangerously powerful that a single blood mage can take out a whole squad of soldiers with ease, and a dozen mages can rival a whole platoon. As of the [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII second game]], the mage class is now mechanically fairly equal to the warrior and rogue classes, making rogue mages that Hawke and the Inquisitor encounter not much harder to kill than random bandits.
1st Feb '17 8:11:02 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** TheMagicComesBack: The game is actually called "Dragon Age" because that's the age the story takes place in. Each age is named at the end of the previous one based on portents and signs. It's called the Dragon Age because dragons just recently started reappearing after being nearly hunted to extinction. Hell, one of the endings has [[spoiler:Morrigan setting up an old god to be reborn, uncorrupted, as a human]]. And [[spoiler:some Grey Wardens found a few griffon eggs as well]].

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** TheMagicComesBack: TheDragonsComeBack: The game is actually called "Dragon Age" because that's the age the story takes place in. Each age is named at the end of the previous one based on portents and signs. It's called the Dragon Age because dragons just recently started reappearing after being nearly hunted to extinction. Hell, one of the endings has [[spoiler:Morrigan setting up an old god to be reborn, uncorrupted, as a human]]. And [[spoiler:some Grey Wardens found a few griffon eggs as well]].well]].
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Dwarven curses include "Go take a long breath out of a short shaft," which from context and phrasing probably means "Go die in a hole." It might be a modification of "go take a long walk off a short pier", or even "go suck a prick", basically, "shut up" or "go f*ck yourself".
** The above saying most likely refers to the breathing of lyrium dust in the mines. Lyrium is basically the setting's magical macguffin, but it is very toxic to mortal beings. Breathing lyrium dust can, even in the best of circumstances, reduce you to a gibbering idiot, at worst, well...you don't want to know.
** They also use "Nug-humping" where a modern person would probably use "Motherfucking."
** In addition, there's the phrase "by the maker", as well as a few references to Andraste throughout the games.


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* OhMyGods: Most swears in the series are by the [[{{God}} Maker]] or [[CrystalDragonJesus Andraste]] ("By the Maker!", "Andraste's blood!", etc.), exceptions including the dwarves, who swear by their ancestors, and Dalish elves, who swear by the creators. Most of the ones involving Andraste tend to involve her body.
** A favorite:
-->'''Shianni:''' ''Andraste's ass'', you'd think I'd learn some social graces.
** Andraste's Knickers also make an appearance. Isabela adds "Andraste's granny-panties!" to the list in "Mark of the Assassin".
** Varric's reaction to finding out that [[spoiler:Meredith had the mind-warping lyrium idol forged into a sword]]? "Andraste's dimpled buttcheeks!"
** One of Alistair's curses overlaps with UnusualEuphemism: "Andraste's knicker-weasel!"
** Lots of enemy mooks will shout "Andraste's tits, they got me!" when injured in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' adds Blackwall's "Maker's balls!"
27th Jan '17 11:08:52 AM Give1Take2
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* FantasticGhetto: Alienages for elves who live in Southern Andrastian human cities; walled off communities filled with disease and squalor due to the poverty and oppression most city elves suffer from. Interestingly, there is a protective element to them since elves aren't technically ''required'' to live there, but the few elves who try to leave are almost always driven back by their violently bigoted human neighbors.



* [[WordOfGod Word Of Gaider]] has stated that Thedas elves are based on the Jewish people (lost homeland, Jewish ghettos in many medieval cities, etc), and has [[ShrugOfGod admitted]] that their situation is [[{{Applicability}} easily comparable to Native Americans and other historically oppressed minorities]].

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* [[WordOfGod ** [[http://the-gaider-archives.tumblr.com/page/17 Word Of Gaider]] God]] has stated that Thedas elves are based on the Jewish people (lost homeland, Jewish ghettos in many medieval cities, etc), and has [[ShrugOfGod admitted]] admitted that their situation is [[{{Applicability}} easily comparable to Native Americans and other historically oppressed minorities]].minorities.


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** Mages are said to be so dangerously powerful that a single blood mage can take out a whole squad of soldiers with ease, and a dozen mages can rival a whole platoon. As of the [[VideoGame/DragonAge2 second game]], the mage class is now mechanically fairly equal to the warrior and rogue classes, making rogue mages that Hawke and the Inquisitor encounter not much harder to kill than random bandits.
27th Jan '17 10:36:29 AM Give1Take2
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* [[WordOfGod Word Of Gaider]] has stated that Thedas elves are based on the Jewish people (lost homeland, Jewish ghettos in many medieval cities, etc), and has [[ShrugOfGod admitted]] that their situation is [[{{Applicability}} easily comparable to Native Americans and other historically oppressed minorities]].
23rd Jan '17 11:34:00 AM SkyHavenPath13
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*** The Maker abandoned humanity because of their sin, while not only does the Bible emphasize how God [[{{Determinator}} ''Will NOT''' give up on us]], but it's the central aspect to all of Christian Cosmology.

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*** The Maker abandoned humanity because of their sin, while not only does the Bible emphasize how God [[{{Determinator}} ''Will NOT''' NOT'' give up on us]], but it's the central aspect to all of Christian Cosmology.
23rd Jan '17 11:32:05 AM SkyHavenPath13
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*** The Maker abandoned humanity because of their sin, while not only does the Bible emphasize how God [[{{Determinator}} ''Will NOT'' give up on us]], but it's the central aspect to all of Christian Cosmology.

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*** The Maker abandoned humanity because of their sin, while not only does the Bible emphasize how God [[{{Determinator}} ''Will NOT'' NOT''' give up on us]], but it's the central aspect to all of Christian Cosmology.
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