So when a dwarf Inquisitor meets Kieran for the first time, there’s this exchange:
Dwarf Inquisitor: You caught me. And I was trying so hard to be taller.
Kieran: But you can’t be taller. Not without the Titans.
I think this is the first time any Titans are mentioned in the series?
But I don’t think it’s the only time:
This elven writing found in the Arbor Wilds is so old as to be incomprehensible.
There are whispers from the Well of Sorrows. It’s impossible to understand the entire text, but certain parts suddenly reveal a shadow of their original meaning.
”In this place we prepare to hunt the pillars of the Earth. Their workers scurry, witless, soulless. This death will be a mercy. We will make the earth blossom with their passing.”
For one moment there is a vivid image of two overlapping spheres; unknown flowers bloom inside their centers. Then it fades.
I am 99% sure “pillars of the Earth” is another reference to the Titans.
This makes sense:
- The dwarves are called Children of the Stone in the old elven tongue, so it makes sense the “pillars of the Earth” might be the creatures who ruled?/created?/protected?/were worshipped by? the dwarves.
- Dwarves do not dream, therefore they would have been seen contemptible by the Elvhen society, where Dreamers ruled and the ability to walk the Fade set them apart as elite. “Witless” and “soulless” sounds exactly like the kind of racist bullshit the Elvhen would be spewing about the dwarves.
- And this ties back in with the “song that was sundered”, whatever vague disaster hit the dwarves in the past that began the decline of their society, something that was referenced repeatedly by different characters over the course of the series but never elaborated upon.
So my conclusion is the Elvhen killed the Titans. What assholes.
It also puts Solas’s banter with Varric about the dwarves into horrifying new perspective, doesn’t it?
Solas: Dwarves are the severed arm of a once mighty hero, lying in a pool of blood, undirected. Whatever skill at arms it had, gone forever. Although it might twitch to give the appearance of life, it will never dream.
He sounds so regretful, doesn’t he? Returning to what Kieran said: “You can’t be taller. Not without the Titans.”
And Solas’s own people condemned the dwarves to this fate.