How would you like it if I called you Glasses? I would be fine with that. Oh, good, because that’s what I’ve been calling you. Which was no help when I was trying to find your extension. Why were you trying to find my extension?
I have been thinking about Spirits, Solas, Fey and Learning.
Follow me a second: during Cole’s quest, Solas is all for making him more spirit-like. From what we learn in Trespasser, people used to be more spirit-like as well. What we learn from Spirit!Cole is that Spirits often forgets things, because it keeps them “pure”.
But it also keep them unchanging.
This is very like the Fey of old. Not the Victorian Faeries, the true Fey, the one that were called “The Gentry” just because otherwise they got angry and could do Very Nasty Things To You.
The Elvhen of old are very like the Feys (who are the original inspiration for the “traditional” fantasy elves after all).
One of the common themes ere is the timelessness of it all. The ancient elvhen -like the Fey- were immortal and basically unchanging. So are the Spirits: they forget, as Spirit!Cole says. They don’t learn.
They don’t grow.
Now I am not talking of learning as in “acquiring new knowledge”. I am talking about positive personal changes. The only Spirit-Change we see in game are spirits becoming demons once they have, not incidentally, been exposed to our changing world.
Because the Fade, for all its apparent mutability, is… static.
Because it is deathless. The card “death” in the Tarots (and the Tarots are the skeleton of DA:I) means “change”. When Solas made the Veil and brought Death into the World, he brought change too.
But Solas is a creature of the pre-changes time.
He doesn’t learn. Yes, he acquires new knowledge but he is static, stopped sometime back in Arlanthan. He makes what he thinks is a mistake (making the Veil). He doesn’t think about it, doesn’t learn from it, he is just doing to make exactly the same mistake again.
Just like Spirit!Cole… he forgets. It is subtle but it is here. He is stuck in an endless loop and he can’t get out because he is literally unable to. He is a fey, like Peter Pan (the book one, not the disney one. The one who “thins” -aka kills- the Lost Boys when they grow up). Solas has forgotten how truly horrid pre-Veil Elvhen civilization was. He knows it mentally, but he is unable to perceive it again. And he can’t truly think about how moronic is plan is (just one thing: what about the Taint? It comes from the Black City. Take down the Veil, the Taint could go everywhere. And what effect had the Taint itself ha on the Evanuris? We don’t know and neither does he and he doesn’t think about these things because he is a Fey and they don’t).
Solas is, in some way, very much not a “person” but a “fey”. He can form affections and bonds and even love (as feys do too) but he doesn’t and can’t change.