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7/52 Cold smoke by Amy Faith
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“An ordinary girl, with a stance of a queen. Her tender lips a tease, her hardened heart, cold-ice. Innocence has been lost, such loathing for mankind. To betray her trust. To leave her behind. Love has broken her soul, yet her destiny speaks. Love will find her again, to melt her heart of ice.” - Phoenix Montoya

Orbs, the Veil, and Fen’Harel


inukagome15
said: You guys run an AWESOME blog! I’m super glad I found you. :D Your meta is awesome. And speaking of meta…I was wondering what your thoughts are on Solas and the orb he had Corypheus unlock? If the orb hadn’t been destroyed by the end of the game, what do you think would have happened? 



Inukagome15, Thank you so much! We started this blog because we couldn’t stop talking about Dragon Age and it is incredibly exciting and validating to get comments like yours! We so appreciate you writing in!

As to your question, I think pre-Trespasser, we would have had a very different answer for you. We both, typically, have fairly optimistic views of our beloved DA characters, and Solas was no different. I personally felt that Solas revealed his character to us repeatedly throughout Inquisition, and that character was one of extreme benevolence. Yeah, I might have ignored some of the blaring warning signs, but even after he dumped my ass (crying on the cold wet ground by the waterfall…*cough* Where was I?), I would have never guessed the revelations we got in Trespasser about him.

The problem is that we’ve repeatedly been shown in the DA universe that our beloved characters are never one dimensional. That’s why we love them! They are living, breathing beings in this world, and as with us all, they have flaws. And after Trespasser I realized that one of Solas’ flaws was on par with other beloved (and oft maligned) characters, like Loghain and Anders. All three of these characters, to quote Alistair, “always think they’re the only ones who can fix things.”

That being said, I think Solas has illustrated that he absolutely would have used the orb to pull down the veil at his earliest convenience. Yeah, he would have been sad about it, but he’d still have done it because he’s clever, has been alive for a looooong time, and he thinks he’s right and justified to do so.

There is an argument that can be made that he’s not wrong! The way the elves have been treated is a travesty any way you look at it. But I guess my perspective on such things is that vengeance is a cycle. A merry-go-round from hell (or the void, as the case may be) that we only can get off if we stop the behavior. One war only begets other wars. One oppressed people rising above another to oppress them is no better than the previous group.

So what I’m hoping is that we are given time to smack Solas upside the head and try to reason with his thousands of year old self (and pray he’ll listen). To try to find a path that can benefit as many of the denizens of Thedas, with as minimal cost as possible.  There are always unknown ripple effects to such things, but that is a problem for another day (and game).

Morta will write up the more detailed, academic answer for you, but I thought I’d give you the “short” (by our standards) one. We’d love to hear what you think as well! We are always thinking about and revising our opinions based on new information and different perspectives.  We would love to hear from you again!

Thanks again,

Decima



 

Thank you so much!  One of the most amazing things about the DA fandom is how many smart, insightful people are working together to analyze these games that we love.  I’m so grateful that Decima pulled me into Thedas.

Decima has some interesting thoughts about our dear Solas, so I will defer to her on that as I agree with pretty much everything she said.  As to what would have happened if the orb hadn’t been destroyed, I have some thoughts about that.  I’m also sure that Solas would have done what he said he would do in Trespasser.  Even if it was with a heavy heart, knowing that there were good people among the dwarves and humans and Qunari, he would have, within short order, used the power of the orb to enter the Fade and brought down the Veil.  

Since Decima has Solas’ character covered, I will focus on the effects of removing the Veil.  What might that do to Thedas?  We know what Solas said would happen, but why would the loss of the Veil be apocalyptic?

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