So... Solas and Zathrian
I’m replaying Origins because it’s been a while, and I got to the part with the Dalish, and I’ve been noticing the similarities between Solas and Zathrian. Yes, they are both bald elven mages who lived a long time. But no, go deeper than that.
Zathrian talks about the pain he carries, how he’s lived for so long that pain has become ingrained in him, and he’s not certain he’s even capable of letting it go anymore.
And there’s a conversation between Solas and Cole to similar effect:
- Cole: You are quiet, Solas. I don’t hear your hurt as much. Your song is softer, subtler, not silent but still.
- Solas: How small the pain of one man seems when weighed
against the endless depths of memory, of feeling, of existence.
And that’s just really interesting to me, personally. And then I’m watching the cutscene between Zathrian and The Lady and I notice something else.
You know that scene in Inquisition where Solas leads you to Skyhold and he always has the same staff no matter what you have him equipped with?
And I’ve always thought that was strange. Why would the devs to that? Like, “We need him to have this staff in this scene. No, we’re not going to tell you why. Just do it.”