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5th Dec '16 8:50:21 AM HakkyounoTenshi
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** It's unlikely that Eamon knew Alistair's mother was an elf, because that might lead them to the fact that she was a MAGE (which would have probably made it impossible to rally the people behind him, being that magic is hated and feared as a general rule). It's more likely that he was acting out on the fact that Maric (being the widower of his older sister) expected him to raise (and possibly support) a bastard child who was not his beloved sister's (she having passed away by then) AND also a possible threat to Cailan's ascent to the throne (Cailan being his nephew and kin)

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** It's unlikely that Eamon knew Alistair's mother was an [[spoiler: elf, because that might lead them to the fact that she was a MAGE (which would have probably made it impossible to rally the people behind him, being that magic is hated and feared as a general rule). rule) as he is canonically Fiona's son.]] It's more likely that he was acting out on the fact that Maric (being the widower of his older sister) expected him to raise (and possibly support) a bastard child who was not his beloved sister's (she having passed away by then) AND also a possible threat to Cailan's ascent to the throne (Cailan being his nephew and kin)
5th Dec '16 8:48:40 AM HakkyounoTenshi
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** Cailan is clearly in on the plan, too. After the Joining is complete and the war council is discussing lighting the signal fire at the Tower of Ishal, he notes what an important task it is and says that "We should send our best - send Alistair and the new Grey Warden." Why in the world would Cailan entrust such an important task to the two newest members of the order? [[spoiler:Because one of them is ''his brother'', and the last living member of the royal family should Cailan fall. And the other? The other is a completely green recruit, someone who will need the guidance of a slightly more seasoned Warden if something goes wrong. Cailan was not only trying to save his brother's life, but was also ''giving him a purpose'' - protecting his new friend.]]

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** Cailan is clearly in on the plan, too. After the Joining is complete and the war council is discussing lighting the signal fire at the Tower of Ishal, he notes what an important task it is and says that "We should send our best - send Alistair and the new Grey Warden." Why in the world would Cailan entrust such an important task to the two newest members of the order? [[spoiler:Because one of them is ''his brother'', and the last living member of the royal family should Cailan fall. And the other? The other is a completely green recruit, someone who will need the guidance of a slightly more seasoned Warden if something goes wrong. Cailan was not only trying to save his brother's life, but was also ''giving him a purpose'' - protecting his new friend.]]]] Not only that, it's an important enough task that no one will question sending a Warden or two, but simple enough that Alistair shouldn't have been in any real danger (no expected the Tower to be overrun with Darkspawn).
*** Not only that, sending Alistair to the Tower removes him from the main battle and puts him in a more defensible position. In the return to Ostagar DLC we find out that Cailan [[spoiler: knew that the battle ahead was going to be difficult and that it wasn't likely that Fereldan could survive without aid.(Cailan's plan being Orlais while the Warden and companions recruit the treaty factions).]] The Tower is much easier to defend (the fact that it was already overrun non-withstanding) and being away from the main horde means that a rescue would be easier to mount if necessary.


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** It's unlikely that Eamon knew Alistair's mother was an elf, because that might lead them to the fact that she was a MAGE (which would have probably made it impossible to rally the people behind him, being that magic is hated and feared as a general rule). It's more likely that he was acting out on the fact that Maric (being the widower of his older sister) expected him to raise (and possibly support) a bastard child who was not his beloved sister's (she having passed away by then) AND also a possible threat to Cailan's ascent to the throne (Cailan being his nephew and kin)
28th Nov '16 3:09:40 PM fiona249
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** At one point, Alistair mentions that Duncan forcibly conscripted him against the chantry's express wishes, taking him away from the templars. While already in character for Duncan, it makes even more sense when you find out [[spoiler: he's close friends with Alistair's real mother and has been for years, and considered Maric something of a friend as well.]] Of course Duncan would want to get him out when he knew Alistair was miserable, even knowing it would earn him the disapproval of the Chantry! This also adds layers to Duncan deliberately rescuing a mage Warden or an elf Warden - [[spoiler: he knows from Fiona exactly how badly both can be treated]].
13th Sep '16 2:17:16 PM MinisterOfSinister
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** Furthermore, most of the companions you can recruit were either not picked up by Alistair or it was left ambiguous if they did, yet they generally put in an appearance anyway, in an appropriate location. Oghren is at the Gnawed Noble Tavern with a mob of drunks, and the case can be made that he either fell out with Alistair or came to the surface on his own; Wynne appears guarding the gate to the Alienage with Cullen and Knight-Commander Greagoir, presumably being having spared but not recruited by Alistair; Zevran is found in the Alienage, Alistair having spared his life but sent him away; Sten is found in the Palace District on the steps leading up to Fort Drakon, where it is possible he was left to buy Alistair and his party time to reach the Archdemon. But Shale is conspicuously absent from the proceedings. Why? Most likely because, as you may recall, Shale will turn on you if you preserve the Anvil of the Void in its presence. The presence of steel golems in the Palace District is an indication that Alistair did. The implications are clear.
8th Sep '16 2:12:10 AM Eygam
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*** It actually makes sense. In Inquisition, Flemeth can note that she would not be able to get Morrigan's body without her approval. So gaining a lot of power might be a good argument for Morrigan to undergo the process, we don't know how much it is "taking over the body" or "merging two people".
*Morrigan's morality - players often consider her {{Token Evil Teammate}} but she isn't evil in the manically-laughing-while-starting-up-her-doomsday-machine sort of way. She has more of the 'law of the jungle" mindset. Now remember what she says about her shapeshifter training - she had to accept the way animals behave and think in order to master that skill. She basically has no other morality system available than survival of the fittest. And she can become a much nicer person under the influence of the Warden, especially if the Warden fathers Kieran and enters the mirror in The Awakening.
6th Aug '16 4:04:27 PM tsstevens
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* GiantSpiders are pretty much par for the course in these type of games, you probably saw them in Lothering and yeah, not that threatening. Then you come across Corrupted Spiders. Tainted by The Blight they actively stalk you and are really aggressive, and aggro other arachnids as well. Here's where the brilliance comes in: take a look at it's design [[SpidersAreScary if you can.]] That's a Sydney Funnelweb. Funnelwebs really are highly aggressive and violent, you're dealing with an Aussie predator mate and it's just as deadly as you might expect from a DeathWorld.
5th Aug '16 6:16:57 PM Hallowspite
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** The Mother in Awakening. Since by that point we know how Broodmothers are made, [[spoiler:is it any wonder she went insane when she was separated from the Darkspawn hivemind?]]
29th Mar '16 8:39:45 PM AnotherGuy
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** Alternatively, it could have been a Spirit of Wisdom assuming the form of a Pride Demon as a warning. What does it say? "Simple killing is a warrior's job. The real dangers of the Fade are preconceptions... careless trust... pride. Keep your wits about you, mage. True tests... never end." Awfully wise advice.
29th Mar '16 8:34:59 PM AnotherGuy
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** On the bright side, apparently the process is ''reversible'', since it's strongly hinted during one epilogue that Shale was restored as Shayle.
3rd Mar '16 6:04:32 AM TriniKrusader
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*** Sten: All your language sounds the same to me. I thought you were singing about vegetables, actually.
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