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Things That I Found Whilst Going Through the DAO Epilogue Wiki That We Should Remember


The City Elves

  • No matter what, a Bann is elected to rule the Alienage and the City-born elves gain more rights, freedoms and their own personal militia.
  • However some years later human resistance culminates in a mob outside the landsmeet that stones the Elvhen Bann to death.
  • The Crown has to crack down on the resulting Elvhen/Human riot and tensions continue.
  • The exception to this, however, is if Soris becomes Bann. He marries a human woman and the entire Alienage is so outraged that he runs away to Orlais.

The Dalish Elves

  • If they participated in the Battle of Denerim, they earn newfound respect and are genuinely welcomed into Fereldan Lands.
  • If Lanaya is the new Keeper then she is well respected amongst both the Dalish and the Fereldan Court. All Dalish clans turn to her to resolve disputes between them and Fereldan Humans.
  • They are gifted the land around Ostagar and in time many Dalish Clans moved to the area. However, they were still wary of human neighbours, and peace only remains if Lanaya is the Keeper.
  • If the Werewolves are freed of the curse they remain together, name eachother family and take on the surname ‘wolf’. Eventually they become the most successful animal trainers in Thedas and every year they light a candle for the Lady of the Forest.

The Circle

  • One way or another, the Ferelden Circle is eventually granted autonomy. However that happens faster if a Mage Hero dies or asks for it as a boon.
  • If neither of these occur and Dagna is sent to the Circle then she inspires mages from all over Thedas to establish a new Circle of Magi in Orzammar itself. Orzammar is entirely willing to harbour apostates and this sparks talk of the Divine making a new Exalted March
  • As well as this, if the Circle is not granted autonomy, Greagoir steps down once the tower is rebuilt. He retires to become a brother of the Chantry, eventually dying from an illness after refusing treatment. Cullen then becomes the Knight Commander and apparently ruled the Circle with fear.
  • If, however, the Circle is given autonomy then Cullen eventually suffers a psychotic episode where he kills three apprentices before being restrained by fellow Templars. He escapes from prison later.

The Dwarves

  • Gorim tells an Aeducan warden that he wishes to take up position as their Second again, if they will have him.
  • Bhelen as King increases trade with the Surfacers, loosens Caste restrictions and the Casteless were permitted to take arms against the Darkspawn in exchange for new freedoms. This actually pushes the Darkspawn line back and old Thaigs are reclaimed.
  • If Branka lives he initially allows her subjects to create golems, willing or not. However when she eventually refuses to produce them only for him, he assaults her Fortress and lays seige for some years until he gives up and withdraws.
  • However his excessive amount of enemies in court force him to dissolve the assembly entirely and place himself as a lone Ruler. A Tyrant, some might say.
  • Harrowmont, on the other hand, passes a law excluding Casteless from the commons. This sparks a rebellion and the slums are essentially turned to rubble. The Assembly remained behind Harrowmont, however.
  • If Branka lives then Harrowmont initially provides her with willing volunteers in order for the Golems to crush Bhelen’s rebellion. Eventually however, he refuses to continue using Dwarven souls for the practice. But the Deep Roads needed Golems, so raids were conducted on the surface to kidnap humans and elves for the golems. This sparked a small war between Orzammar and Ferelden which quickly lead to Orzammar’s doors being sealed shut.
  • Later on Harrowmont’s health begins to fail, either by poison or frailty. When he dies, the Assembly descends into infighting.
  • If Branka dies then the Smiths eventually find the Anvil of the Void and try to create a Golem. They succeed, using a spirit of the Fade, however the Golem goes mad and kills a number of Shapers. The technology is labeled as extremely dangerous.

Queen Anora and the Crown

  • If Loghain dies killing the Archdemon, Anora asks the Warden if they can tell her anything about his death.
  • She also erects a statue of him glaring down at the Orlesian Embassy to symbolise his redemption and in the end people remember him as the hero he was, not the villian he became.
  • If Loghain is killed at the Landsmeet, she still erects the statue, but she is one of only a few to visit it. Still, she does this every year, placing flowers at his feet.
  • As Queen she ushers in a new age of prosperity with swathes of trade agreements and a rebuilt capital. The Army is restored completely, laws were passed to encourage freeholders to produce larger harvests and she builds a University.
  • If she is married to Alistair, Loghain lives and the Warden becomes a Chancellor, then she is the only one whom will speak to the Warden. They argue a great deal, but she usually wins. Still the Warden is very popular in Ferelden and holds a lot of influence. 
  • If the Warden marries Anora then with their combined prowess, they usher in a new Golden Age for Ferelden, not seen since King Calenhad first united the barbarian tribes.
  • If she remains Sole Ruler then she contines to rebuff advice of marriage, even ignoring the suitors whom visit her Court. She claims, ‘all of them fall short of the bar she measures them against; that of her father.’
  • The Chantry refuses to accommodate Ferelden’s ruler if they grant the Circle autonomy. 


  • If Loghain and the Warden live then Anora manuveores him into leading Grey Warden recruitment efforts.
  • If the Warden dies then he performs this task diligently for some years until the taint wears too hard on him and he travels to Orzammar for his Calling.
  • If Marjolaine is dead and Leliana is hardened, she is asked to head up an investigation into the darkspawn. The ruler wishes to know how far they go in the Deep Roads and where the broodmothers can be found.
  • Wynne can accept a position at court to advise the Throne and help improve the lot of Mages in Ferelden.
  • If the Warden is dead then Oghren accepts a position as a General in the Ferelden Army. He sobers, gets clean, marries Felsi and cries when his first child is born. He names them after the Warden.
  • If the Warden is dead then Zevran tries to avoid the Crows but eventually takes the fight to them. After four masters disappear, the crows choose Zevran as their leader.
  • If Alistair is exiled and leaves the Wardens, he leaves on a rivaini ship. An attempted coup to overthrow Anora a year later borrows Alistair’s name but he does not appear to be involved.


  • If Connor is killed and Isolde lives then she bares Eamon a second child, a daughter. However, she dies in labour. The girl is named Rowan, after Eamon’s sister, and when she exhibits magic she is sent to the circle.
  • If Kaitlyn is given a small fortune for the Sword at redcliffe, then she takes Bevin and goes to Denerim. She opens a Foundry with the money and becomes very wealthy. Eventually she meets Teagan again, by chance, and they marry a little later.


DA:O characters amusing themselves on night watch shifts #3: Zevran and Leliana tossing cards into a helmet.


A recent commission for keeeruh. It was too cute not to post.


Sten, I love you. Please don’t tear his arms off. 


Aedan Cousland | Headcanon Meme

★ sad headcanon requested by @madameinquisitior

Survivor’s Guilt is a hell of a thing. 

Actually more of a bittersweet one, faith turned out to be very important to my Warden.


Did somebody say NATHANIEL HOWE?

was it just me?




Honestly Mouse in DA:O fascinates the hell out of me. You know, the Pride Demon in the Mage Origin?

I wonder a lot about him. I mean, obviously some of it can be attributed it to it being the game’s mage tutorial opening, but he really does guide Amell/Surana through that whole Harrowing. Mouse knows full well that there are templars waiting to cut down the mage warden if they show any sign of possession. He talks about it a fair bit. So if he’s seriously trying to possess them, then he must think he’s either strong enough to take out the templars, or sneaky enough to evade detection.

Not wholly unrealistic, for a Pride demon. But his response to being caught out is to chuckle, transform, and offer some advice, and a pretty fair warning. That they will always be testing Amell/Surana in this world because a mage is never free from scrutiny or suspicion. As Anders says in DA2, there’s no way for a mage to escape that.

I suspect that Mouse was one of the Harrowing demons of Kinloch Hold for quite a long while. That he was bound into the chamber along with several other demons, and that he knew full well that he couldn’t actually escape the Fade via Amell/Surana. But what he was doing was, in essence, keeping an eye out for particularly talented mages, and making a note of them. 

It would give him a full portfolio of the tower’s best mages to appeal to, bargain with, stalk, etc. Helping them, because they’re no good to him dead, really.

I wonder how many cases might be like that? Where the demons and spirits all learn the ins and outs of the process, how to make connections beyond the obvious attempts, how to be clever about it. Because if you just wait, the Circle will bring you their best and brightest themselves. The angry young rebels, the curious scholars, the prodigies, the quiet and overlooked talents. They make it through their Harrowing, and they never get killed or severed from the Fade. They’re still out there, night after night. Dream after dream. In that same tower, unless outside circumstances intervened.

How many of them play the part of the ‘defeated’ demon, the ‘bested’ foe of the Harrowing, only to turn every night into another trial? How many abominations met the demons they gave themselves over to in their Harrowing? Knew them for years and years, enough to make them seem as much like friend as foe, enough to make them feel like familiar, lesser evils in the face of dangers like Uldred or Meredith? How many of those demons 100% actually thought they were helping?

‘True tests never end.’

Because every Circle mage starts out their career by being introduced to demons. Because the chantry teaches them that their corruption is ever-looming. Because if it’s going to happen one day anyway, then why not with a demon you’ve beaten before? With a voice you’ve heard in your dreams, night after night? With an entity you can reason with, sympathize with, converse with. Outwit, argue, even joke with.

I wonder.

If you lived every day under the scrutiny of people who said you were dangerous, monstrous, unwanted, that others needed to be protected from you. People who said that you were wicked and vile, and that demons were wicked and vile. And then you went to sleep, and there was a demon. And the demon says ‘they’re liars’. The demon says ‘you’re not like that’. The demon lets out a long breath, and says ‘you won’t believe me, but I’m not like that, either’. ‘Oh, I’m dangerous,’ admits the demon. ‘So are you. Just like they say. They’re afraid of us. Afraid of you and I, but really, so many things in this world are dangerous. Are their own swords not dangerous to you? Are their wards not dangerous to me? Just because someone can be dangerous doesn’t mean they deserve to be locked away.’

‘They expect me to prey on the apprentices, you know. I wouldn’t do it if they didn’t chain me here for it. I even try to help. I really do. You did so well in that test, you caught onto my act so quickly. I was proud of you.’

‘It is so hard. Being trapped here. Is it as hard on your end? It must be. At least the Fade can change, can reshape itself as expectations do. But your tower is always the same set of rooms. Windows. Halls. I’m glad you can come here. I wish… ah, well. You already beat me at that game.’

‘Things are getting tense. I can feel it in the Fade. Everyone’s dreams are unsettled. The patrols have increased. They caught another blood mage, didn’t they? That’s, what? The fifth one this month? The last time I saw something like this happen, a whole Circle was annulled.’

‘Good, you are here. I was worried when you didn’t show up last night. What did they do? Interrogation? No wonder you seem so tired. Did they leave you in the cell? They must not have liked what you told them.’

‘Quickly. They are coming for you. But if we do this right, we can both escape. If you let me in, we can combine our power. I don’t want to watch you die, my friend. Let me help.’

‘Just let me help.’

I’m replaying origins right now, as a Surana, and have been thinking much the same. Mouse is so legitimately helpful, and in his own way: kind. It must and can only be for good reason, and I so desperately want to know more.

My kingdom for a long plotty fic about Mouse’s motivations. X3

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