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Dragon Age Theory: Leliana’s Mother was Dalish




Hear me out, it makes sense: 

Leliana knows a traditional Dalish song. Her mother was taken in as a servant by Lady Cecile and that’s one of the only jobs elves can get in Orlais. 
Her mother was Fereldan, so why did she run away? Was it because she bore the child of a human and her Clan turned her away?

That’s just my theory.

Oh, also: Andraste’s Grace, the flower you can give her that reminds her of her mother is found in the Brecilian Forest and Alienage.

Leli’s mom being Elven would make her entire dialogue with an Elven warden a lot less offensive too.

She doesn’t realise she’s being offensive, and she’s just trying to bond with someone she views as ‘her people’.

Also, the only other Bard bard we see in DA is an elf, Katriel. I wouldn’t be surprised if most Bards are elves or elf-blooded.




What about you, Dorian?

In which Dorian understands Bioware’s issue with elves better then Bioware.

…Except Bioware wrote Dorian, which means they understand completely.

This isn’t something that they just overlooked or forgot about, guys. The tragedy of the elves themselves knowing so incredibly little about their own history has been a huge plot point since Origins. 

An elven Warden can (and Velanna does) lament the fact that elven children don’t know any stories about elven heroes. It is explicitly stated that the Dalish pepper their speech with as many Elvish words as they can because they are desperately trying to keep hold of their language, a language even their Keepers know precious little of.

So, while it would be awfully nice if Thedas were the sort of place where a past Dalish companion could take the place of Morrigan in Inquisition, or where a Dalish Inquisitor can “show Morrigan what’s what” at the Temple of Mythal (not counting the “Who is this Mythal?” dialogue glitch, which they have acknowledged as, in fact, a glitch), it isn’t. You know why? Because the Dalish have no way of knowing what Morrigan knows. All they know of their own history is what’s been passed down through the ages, which, as we learn from Solas and Abelas–people who were actually there at the time–is woefully inaccurate.

Morrigan, on the other hand, was raised by Mythal. She learned this stuff from the source, and even she still doesn’t know everything, just more than the Dalish possibly could. And since Asha’bellanar seems pretty tight with the Dalish in DA2 and The Stolen Throne, one can only assume Mythal was playing that shit close to the vest for a reason.

“But why couldn’t Mythal have picked an elven vessel?” you ask. Good question: why didn’t she? Was Flemeth the living being she felt the strongest connection to? Did she have some reason to actively avoid choosing an elven vessel? She was murdered, after all–did her own people turn on her for some reason? The only thing you can be certain of is that the answer damn sure isn’t “Bioware hates elves.” For God’s sake, an elven god has been guiding the player characters’ steps since day one, a second elven god appears to have some world-changing plans in the works, and Inquisition largely revolves around the player discovering more about elven history than we’ve been shown in the past. Elves are, in fact, turning out to be the most important race in the series.

So, no. Bioware actually understands perfectly.





On an unrelated side note, “what crawled into your aravel” may be the funniest Dalish insult I’ve heard all day.

I snort-laughed at my desk, not gonna lie

Tarinnon Mahariel, my second Warden, who romanced Zevran though she very nearly fell for Alistair (again), but then made the Ultimate Sacrifice, leaving her dear friend Alistair on the throne with Anora, because she wasn’t going to mess with Morrigan’s witchery. She was a sassy archer with adorable little pigtails and is fondly remembered and missed…


As with most cultures, the Dalish do not approve of interspecies romance, and it is forbidden by them. To even dally with a human could earn exile from one’s clan. This likely stems from both past hatreds and the fact that “pure elves” or Dalish are becoming increasingly rare.

Here’s to all the Mahariels romancing Alistair, or Morrigan, or Leliana; and the Hawkes romancing Merrill; and the Lavellans romancing Cullen or Josephine or Blackwall or Bull or Dorian or, as Emmen is, Cassandra…

Emmen was being supportive of Dorian here, but I suspect he may have had Cassandra in mind.

I don’t have a particular symbol in mind, but you should try knitting some Dalish-y things! Also if your calligraphy should arrive soon, I just got a tracking email that it’s in Terre Haute :)

That’s awesome, thanks! I was thinking the Dalish symbol with the bow and leaf would be one of the easier ones to chart (compared to, say, anything from Kirkwall with all those many twisty lines…) so I might do that next.

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