Leliana: “Andraste was burned at the stake in Minrathous, the capital of Tevinter”
Warden: “Why did the Maker not save Her with His power?”
Leliana: “I have thought on this too. Did He withdraw His sight from Her at that moment? Where were all the powers He bestowed upon Her?”
Leliana: “This question has come to me many times and I have no answer. Perhaps there was no way for Andraste to return to the Maker but through Her death.”
Leliana: “We will never know for sure.”
[Leliana from Inquisition]
Leliana: “You probably don’t even worship the Maker. Lucky. He asks a lot”
Leliana: “He demands it all. Our lives. Our deaths.”
Leliana: “Justinia gave Him everything she had, and He let her die!”
Leliana: “If the Maker doesn’t intervene to save the best of His servants, what good is he?”
Leliana: “I thought I was fulfilling His purpose for me, working with the Divine, helping people.”
Leliana: “But now she’s dead. It was all for nothing. Serving the Maker meant nothing.”
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I think about these two conversations a lot.
The first shows Leliana who, while has been in the Chantry for a couple years, is still fairly new in her faith. It has given her a new sense of purpose in her life and it remains a guiding force for her for the entirety of the first game, especially when she feels guilt over her past life as a bard. Her relationship with the Maker is mostly a positive one and while she’s puzzled over why he didn’t save Andraste, she accepts not understanding it.
The second shows her years later faced with a similar situation of the Maker not intervening to protect a holy figure. Only now it’s different because she knew Justinia on a personal level. She saw all the good she’s done with her own two eyes, especially in regards to her own growth as a person, which makes this loss far more painful and confusing than for someone she’s never met. She can’t simply accept not understanding the Maker’s plans this time.
I like how these conversations parallel each other and they reflect Leliana’s character development through out these games well; going from trusting the Maker and feeling strong in her faith because of it, to having the crisis she has in Inquisition because the Maker betrays this trust.