that! I mean, Minaeve could be an unfortunate casualty of a desperate situation: IE Templars getting to close, they needed to sacrifice one to save the rest of the mages from being imprisoned/tranquiled/dead/the clan being purged for harboring ‘apostates’ OR she was right and her
clan DID do that, but dalish clans are an extremly diverse group of
individuals, no two clans are the same, and when people like Vivienne
try to argue that the Dalish are terrible about stuff like that they’re overgeneralizing an entire ethnic group of people because ONE GROUP or a FEW GROUPS (did vivienne just get that impression from Minaeve or
others like her?) of like, dozens (how many clans are there?) of clans
did THAT ONE THING, therefore all of you do that, because it’s not like
you savage elves are all different from each other ammiright?? or none
of the above. I dunno. I just have FEELINGS about this.
Ah yes, I remember that.
And yeah, I think you’re right there? Like we know for sure it’s not something all clans do. I imagine it’s a fairly rare practice, in fact, based on us having encountered many clans throughout the games and books and have only heard of that second-hand from a Circle mage, and from Minaeve. Hell, it may only be Minaeve’s clan that does it, we don’t really know.
But anyways, firstly, yes, Dalish clans are incredibly diverse. Just because one clan does it doesn’t mean they all do. And it’s entirely possible that sometimes when humans think this is what they are doing, they are actually doing something else. The idea of some sort of coming of age ceremony, perhaps involving proof one can survive on their own for some time (maybe it’s even specifically for mages) isn’t so unlikely. Misunderstanding the “savages” is incredibly likely in at least some circumstances, considering they already think that one clan doing something means ALL clans do it, or even the majority of them do it. And yes, it is confirmed that it seems most clans prefer to trade their ‘excess’ mages to those that don’t have them (which is mutually beneficial, since their Keeper’s are always mages, so some ARE needed, and for the reason I’m going to get into next).
And also I highly suspect that a large part of the reasoning behind such a practice, regardless of how common it is, is because of the Templars. If you only have a few mages and stay away from the city, the Chantry probably won’t come looking for your clan. But more mages means it’s far more likely for them to attack a Dalish clan, because eventually it will become ‘worth it’. So if you have a whole bunch of mages, but you’re close to a city or in an area where the Templars are more vigilant, you do have to make the choice between those mages and everyone else in the clan.
So really, what bothers me most abut that tidbit is it’s framed in a ‘the Chantry is right, see, even the Dalish recognize the danger of magic’ way, but really, it’s quite the opposite. If the Dalish didn’t have to worry about Templars coming for their mages, they wouldn’t have to get rid of them. And if no one can take them at the meeting of the clans, or they appear at an inopportune time, there’s not much you can do. You have to choose between them, and everyone else, because the Chantry is sure as fuck not known for it’s mercy. It’s horrible, but the current laws regarding magic give them no choice but to do this. I’d say that’s the most likely explanation, at least in my biased little mind lmao.
But yeah, no, feelings. I have the same thing. Because the treatment of the Dalish is pretty terrible anyways, and this misunderstanding only adds to it, not to mention it’s framed in an anti-mage way (and having freedom to use magic is a core of Dalish beliefs, so that doesn’t help). Contact with other, hostile cultures forces adaptation for the sake of survival. It’s just adding insult to injury that Loyalist mages like Vivienne are then using this practice to suit their own arguments, and further contribute to the root cause of the problem.