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SO.. I was reading about Meredith in World of Thedas Vol 2 and hoo boy. There is a lot to be said here.

Okay first of all, there are whole pages to be written here about meredith and what this means for her characer arc. I mean can you imagine? The way this is written, kind of makes it seem like Meredith really looked up to Ameia. So to see someone who you love and look up to turn into something made out of nightmares and then literally tear your parents limbs apart, killing them? Yeah. Thats fucked up. The amount of trauma it must have left her in….do you think she ever got over it? Because I’m going to go with most definitely not. She was left homeless and orphand, and the templars took her in immediately after. So already, she’s had personal trauma which is her driving force for becoming a templar…Im not super knowledgable about meredith and Im sure there are already tons written on this who have put it more eloquently than I ever could, but basically–damn, thats fucked up.

The mai reason I wanted to bring up this passage though is because of something unrelated to Meredith. More specifically, the part where it says that Amelia’s abomination killed 70 people before the temlars destroyed her.

Seventy

People

Thats a LOT!!!! What the hell? Can we talk about this??

I mean, personally Ive only ever played the games on casual, so Im probably more surprised than I should be by how powerful it must have been, but still, doesn’t that seem a litte much?? There are a few thoughts I have about this in general which are all kind of scattered so I’m just going to bullet point them

-It probably makes more sense that one abomination could do so much damage if put into context of who exactly where among those killed. Even though it never says, I imagine they must have been other villagers (does it ever mention where meredith grew up? it just mentions neighbors here so Im not sure if shes in a village or city or what), and if not villagers then other innocents who wouldn’t have been able to protect themselves, such as unarmored or therwise untrained civilians and children. However these are all just assumptions. While I highly doubt that all 70 of those (well, 68 if you count merediths parents) were templars or otherwise trained and armored guardsmen, its never outright said so this is all me speculating.

-but still, what the hell happened? did the templars fail at their job? Did they not get there in time(even tho t says they were at the end of the street so like??)?? Was the abomination more Op than usual? were the templars that were sent not all experienced enough?

-This raises other questons. like….is this a regular occurance? does this mean that a single abomination could destroy entire villages or towns if they dont have the proper forces (such as templars??) to protect them?

–Or is this an exaggeration by the books? I mean, the book has kind of lied by omission or other reasons a few time, like for example in blackwalls bio it gives actual gordon blackwalls bio and not thom rainers (same with solas and lack of spoilers)

-Also, perhaps some evidence that cities are much larger with more people than the games portray? Perhaps thats a stretch, because even with how big real life earth 70 would still be a hella lot of people even by our terms. But still, what do I know?

Im kinda running out of steam here so does anyone wanna comment on this? I mean seventy people. Dang. That’s a friggin lot for one abomination.