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Beyond Thedas

Few details are available concerning the lands that lie beyond the boundaries of Thedas.

  • Beyond the Korcari Wilds and Arbor Wilds to the south there is a frozen wasteland called the Sunless Lands that only the Chasind Wilders have explored.
  • There is land to the west of Thedas, although the Hunterhorn Mountains inhibit travel, as do the jungles of the Donarks in the northwest. The Tevinter call these lands the ‘Viridis’ - “The Green”, and have rumors of wingless dragons and flying chimeras inhabiting the jungles.
  • Before the Third Blight, the Ander city of Laysh traded with ships that came across the Volca Sea. The travelers, named 'Voshai’, had an excessive interest in Lyrium. Expeditions to reach the homeland of the Voshai have so far failed. In recent times, however, rumors have risen that the Voshai ships have returned, bringing with them tales of a 'cataclysm’ that devastated their home.
  • Leliana mentions that as of 9:41 Dragon, the Hero of Ferelden is traveling deep into the west to lands that have supposedly never known a Blight.
  • There are numerous islands in the Boeric Ocean. Some are havens for pirates, others are colonies of Tevinter or the Qunari, but others have indigenous populations. The most famous of these is the near-mythical Par Ladi. The Parladians are rumored to have the best coastal defenses in Thedas, practice arts similar to the Rivaini seeresses and to be bedecked in gold and jewels.
  • The Qunari originate from a land far to the east, beyond the Northern Ocean.
  • The Executors claim to act “on behalf of powers across the sea”, presumably entities which reside in lands beyond the Amaranthine and Boeric Oceans.
  • The land beyond the Amaranthine Ocean is referred in myths as the 'Amaranth’. Amaranth is said to be devoid of any sentient species and all Thedosian attempt of colonization have failed. Legends tell that later expeditions found former settlements empty and that the only survivor was driven mad by something and killed himself a short time after being discovered.

Notes

  • Thedas has two moons, the secondary moon being named Satina (from whence the holiday of Satinalia gets its name).
  • According to David Gaider, there is no individual name for the planet where Thedas exists, as most Thedosians consider Thedas “the entire world”.
  • Time-telling in Thedas is an inexact science. Dwarven clocks are thus uncommon but notable.

Trivia

  • The name was originally an acronym used on the BioWare Dragon Age forums. It stands for “THE” “D"ragon ”A“ge ”S“etting.

http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Thedas

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Got the chance to interview David Gaider, lead writer for the Dragon Age series, at GaymerX on Sunday. We talked about…oh dear, we talked about a lot of things.

Some questions answered

  • Tevinter, Tevinter, Tevinter
  • Blood Magic, Lyrium, and Red Lyrium
  • The human noble Inquisitor’s Origin
  • Fiona’s role in Inquisition and connection to Alistair
  • Default world state when not importing with Keep
  • Plans for the next Dragon Age book
  • The unknown NPC “romance”

See it directly on Youtube here: http://youtu.be/lhXCpKDqFb8

Real Talk Time, BioWare-ians.

Okay, BioWare fandom. We have to talk. Serious face time.

You are allowed to feel aspects of games are problematic.

You are also allowed to call out things you feel are inappropriate and would not like to see in the future/would like to see treated differently in the future.

You are NOT ALLOWED to make fake blogs to trash real peoples’ reputations and names.

You are allowed to disagree with David Gaider. Vehemently, even.

You are NOT ALLOWED to be trash about it.

If you really think he’s leaving because he “can’t handle the pressure,” you either haven’t been in the BioWare fandom very long or you drasticallyoverestimate just how much people care about your multiple-paragraph rants.

If you think he’s rage quitting, you also know very little and/or are new to this whole thing. People have been raging since time immemorial.

Is he a little blunt sometimes? Sure.

Do you have to like it? No.

If you think anyone is required to stay on a social media site because you find it most convenient to harass them on a weekly basis, YOU are the problem.

Everyone is allowed to disagree with others.

NO ONE is allowed to harass others. And yes, dear select portions of the BioWare community, YOU HAVE HARASSED HIM.

He makes mistakes. He makes bad jokes sometimes. I do it, too. No one is perfect.

If I see any more of this shit on my feed (celebrating, reblogging that trash parody account, whining that he is leaving because he can’t handle the TRUE BIOWARE TUMBLR FANDOM TRUTH OF TRUTHINESS ABOUT HOW THE GAMES REALLY SHOULD BE), I’m unfollowing you. And I’m never looking back.

I am so sick of this shit.

Grow up. All of you.

I’ve already unfollowed several people and I will continue to hit that unfollow button as quickly as possible, as necessary.

Helping set the stage for BioWare’s hotly anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition, this deluxe oversized hardcover collects every Dark Horse Dragon Age comic to date—The Silent Grove, Those Who Speak, and Until We Sleep—an epic trilogy complete in one volume, written by Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider!

http://www.darkhorse.com/Books/22-383/Dragon-Age-Library-Edition-Volume-1-HC