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UPDATE: Dragon Age: Origins Headscratchers grew too massive for one page. The second part was removed and placed in a Part II, and a third part to Part III. The second page is free to edit the folders already within. New edits should be added to THIS PAGE for coherence's sake. Repeat topics will be moved or removed.

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    Zathrian's Curse 
  • During the Nature of the Beast quest, when choosing to attack the Dalish you have the dialogue option at the camp to expose Zathrian in front of everyone and reveal he's the one who cursed the werewolves. Yet no one from the clan- Lanaya, Athras, Sarel, no one- bothers to call him out on it and his refusal to revoke it being the reason for their troubles and deaths of their loved ones.
    • Their ally switched sides and is about to help a pack of feral werewolves eat them alive, they probably don't really lean towards discussing fine shades of morality at the moment.
    Assault on Amaranthine 
  • During the assault on Amaranthine, the darkspawn manage to sneak in past their defenses after the main attack by using the smuggler's cove. Why wasn't it blocked off/defended? The Warden Commander would know about it if they completed the smuggling quest on either side.
    • Construction takes time, and there may have been some administrative foul-up. Everything we see about Amaranthine and the arling in general just goes to prove that most of the Fereldan nobility can't tie their shoes without assistance.
     Ambassador Gainley 
  • During the "Trial of Crows" questline, you wind up having to bump off an Ambassador Gainley in Orzammar, as he's there as Loghain's representative. Except Orzammar is on lockdown, with nobody allowed through the gates, and Loghain's other mook Imrek hasn't been able to get in. Is the gate guard just dicking with people, or has Gainley been sitting inside Orzammar since King Endrin died, perhaps figuring that if he leaves he won't be able to come back? Is Imrek there to bring a message to him? What's going on here?
    • I assumed he'd been there since before the lockdown. As I recall, Endrin hadn't died very long before the Warden shows up, and presumably the lockdown didn't happen *immediately* (the lockdown was more because of the chaos of choosing his successor than just because the king had died), though it probably happened relatively quickly. It's likely that Imrek was there to connect with Gainley in some capacity (deliver a message, find out what's going on, etc) or he was there on the assumption Gainley had failed to do what he was sent to do - if the lockdown started shortly after Gainley arrived, they may not even know if he made it into Orzammar in the first place (either being turned away or running into some other sort of misfortune on the way there). Alternately, the dwarves aren't quite as insistent on no surfacers coming in as they seem and Imrek just got slapped down because he showed up and started demanding entry instead of requesting it and explaining why he needed to be there.
     Killing Connor rage 
Why is Alistair so upset if you decide to kill Connor or Isolde do it even if you have no mages in your group at the time, let Jowan go free and haven't been to the circle let meaning it was your only choice. Also, wasn't Alistair the one who SUGGESTED DOING IT IN THE FIRST PLACE if he's with you at the time?
  • Because it was a horrible thing that happened. You can point out there was no other choice and he will acknowledge that but he's still upset about the turn of events. Some times people get upset no matter how nicely you try or if you had no other options.
     Why didn't Duncan recruit Soris? 
  • In the City Elf Orgin Duncan doesn't recruit Soris because he believes he's not capable of being a Grey Warden unlike the Warden, but that logic doesn't add up. If you're a male, then Soris helped you break into the castle and kill every person their for the same reason you did. If you're a female it makes even less sense, because then he broke into the castle with your fiancé and was the one to make it out alive.
    • He has the courage but not the skill, that's the whole point, the Wardens only recruit the very best which all the potential players are but their starting friends are not.
      • Yes, but as I already mentioned he had helped the City Elf Warden accomplish what made them in Duncan's eyes fit to be recruited into the Grey Wardens. The Warden didn't slaughter every person at that estate by him/herself which is why they were both going to be sent to the dungeons.
      • It doesn't matter that he helped, he's not good enough to be a Warden.

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