Mark Plays ‘Dragon Age: Origins’: Hour 29

In the twenty-ninth hour of Dragon Age: Origins, I meet Branka and discover (part) of Shayle’s origin. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to play Dragon Age: Origins.

Hour Twenty-Nine

This game is great. Have I said this enough times? I’ll say it again: THIS GAME IS GREAT. I was eagerly looking forward to getting to clock in another five hours of Dragon Age not only to discover more of the story, but because it’s nice to actually have a handle on how to play it. I know I’ve mentioned that quite a few times before, but I can safely say that I am no longer nervous about being able to understand the mechanics of gameplay. I know where all the menus are, I understand how to best use tactics, I can appreciate the complexity of the party system, and I really, really, really need to replay this game as a mage because I CAN’T STOP SWITCHING TO MORRIGAN AND USE HER TO DESTROY EVERYONE. My god, it’s so fun! Why don’t I have weeks of free time available so I can just play this game over and over again?

Thankfully, I got SO MUCH DONE this hour. I didn’t die once, I destroyed everything, I never got stuck, and I had my brain melted by a couple plot twists I never saw coming. Shall we?

  • So, first of all, it was time to go after the Anvil of the Void. Would I be able to make a golem army? The thought was too exciting.
  • As my party was walking down a passageway, Oghren said (of Branka), “She will not be unprepared!” Oh my god, this game is making fun of me.
  • Honestly, given how many fucked up story lines I’ve come across in this game, I was genuinely shocked that Branka was alive and human. I thought she’d be some sort of mutant! I was trying to be prepared, shut up.
  • Wow, Branka gives absolutely no fucks about anyone at all.
  • Oh, seriously? You’re going to recruit my party to get past the traps and disable them by trapping me in this place? You are totally appreciating the irony of this, aren’t you, Branka?
  • I decided to chat to Shale because I figured they were excited about meeting more golems in the near future. Instead, Shale made fun of me, offered to recite dirty limericks about slaughtering pigeons, and generally was full of sass. You have no idea how happy I am that Shale is around. CRUSH THE HEADS OF EVERY OPPONENT.
  • With the exception of the last room, the traps were very easy. I actually checked to see if I’d forgotten to change the difficult from Casual because it was so unchallenging. Nope. Must mean I AM AWESOME. So, I quickly conquered the first room full of golems, then the second one that added blade traps, then the third with the poison gas, and then made it to that super weird room with the anvils and the Forgotten Spirits. That was definitely more challenging, and Oghren died during this part. Still, I was able to dominate it in less than five minutes. HELL YES.
  • And then I got to the final room. And discovered Caridin was still alive. And he was A GIANT GOLEM.
  • Oh, he knows Shayle.
  • WAIT HOW DOES HE KNOW SHAYLE?
  • WHAT
  • WHAT
  • WHAT THE FUCK!!!?!?!?
  • CARIDIN MADE SHAYLE
  • SHAYLE IS ACTUALLY A WOMAN. SHAYLE OF HOUSE CADASH. OH. MY. GOD. THIS IS INCREDIBLE
  • HELP ME
  • NO, I ALREADY LOVED SHAYLE, BUT NOW I ADORE SHAYLE.
  • Thank you to each and every one of you who told me to play the Stone Prisoner DLC before I finished Orzammar. You just made my WEEK.
  • oh.
  • oh wait
  • WAIT.
  • “To make my golems live, I had to take their lives from elsewhere.”
  • FUCK
  • WHY DIDN’T I EXPECT A SUPER FUCKED UP TWIST
  • I SHOULD HAVE
  • JESUS
  • Given the choice, it was easy to imagine which of the two options that Roslin would go for. I’ve been playing her as a tough-as-nails rogue who empathizes with those who are oppressed and demeaned in life, so once it was clear that Branka wanted to use the Anvil regardless of the consequences, I knew I’d have to oppose her.
  • Oghren called her a NUG-TAIL. Oh my god.
  • MORRIGAN. SHUT UP. SHUT UP, YOU HAVE TO KILL A PERSON TO MAKE SOMEONE A GOLEM. NO, I’M NOT GOING TO USE THIS POWER.
  • Well, I lost an approval point from her.
  • OGHREN, WHY DID I LOSE TEN APPROVAL POINTS FROM YOU? YOU WERE JUST AGREEING WITH ME ABOUT MY PLAN OF ACTION!!!! WHAT THE FUCK.
  • This battle against Branka was much more difficult than I expected, but I managed to keep Shayle and Roslin alive. Damn, they make an excellent team.
  • OMG, Caridin is making me a crown! That shit is majestic.
  • No, dude, what are you doing over there?
  • NO.
  • NO, DON’T JUMP OFF. COME WITH ME.
  • NO WHAT THE FUCK WHY DID YOU JUST KILL YOURSELF???
  • :(
  • Well, that was depressing as hell. And now Oghren gains +7 to approval for Caridin’s suicide. Oghren, you’re fucking weird.
  • Oooh, I found a golem registry!
  • After all of this, I decided to chat with Shayle, who must have been bursting with excitement about everything she’d learned. This was a good choice, because not only was I right, I found out THERE IS ANOTHER LOCATION IN THE DEEP ROADS THAT I CAN TRAVEL TO. Am I going to Cadash Thaig? You bet I am.
  • Cadash Thaig is SO BRIGHT. I almost thought the contrast on my TV was fucked up. But once I got out of the main hallway, things adjusted better. This city appeared to have once been lush and green, overflowing with plants and moss. What happened to it? Why are there no people around?
  • I got swarmed by a pack of deepstalkers. There were so many of them! And they’re kind of cute, no?

My hour ran out just after I took care of the deepstalkers. I guess I’ll have to find out what happened to Cadash Thaig in the next hour!

My Character Stats

Strength: 27+4
Dexterity: 25+8
Willpower: 21
Magic: 14
Cunning: 21
Constitution: 25

Heroic Stats

Kills: 563
Damage dealt: 124311
Friendly-fire: 0
Greatest damage dealt: 90
Contribution to party damage: 30
Hit rate: 87
Most powerful foe slain: Revenant
Injuries: 19

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30 Responses to Mark Plays ‘Dragon Age: Origins’: Hour 29

  1. Eliestav says:

    Honestly, given how many fucked up story lines I’ve come across in this game, I was genuinely shocked that Branka was alive and human.

    Honestly if a dwarf suddenly transformed into a human, I would be genuinely shocked.

    Anyway Oghren loses approval there because he came with you because of the shared goal of finding Branka, his wife who he loves, and now you guys kill her. He knows it's right, but that doesn't make him happy about it.

    And I presume you offered Oghren caradins boon? Because that gets you the approval.

  2. Fajen says:

    Will the darkstalkers eat the lovely Roslin? Will the party discover the mythical Cadash Thaig In ‘N Out? Will Mark ever feel prepared? Find out tomorrow! Same nope time, same nope channel!

    • arctic_hare says:

      Edited out part of your comment because it was an expectation spoiler for a show that Mark is going to cover on Watches.

  3. Ryan Lohner says:

    Damn it, why do Deepstalkers have to be so cute? I never felt anything for the turrets in Portal, but these things really got to me.

  4. cogsandcurls says:

    YAY SHALE! I And hoorah, I can finally post comments about her without fear of maybe spoiling you by using the right pronouns! (Although it never fails the throw me off how many people just assume she's male before you get any backstory on her. The lady has the most AMAZING smoker's voice, surely people can hear it?) I love her so much but you know, I've never ever done the quest this way, with her actually getting to meet Caridin before he dies. It's mainly a technical thing because with Oghren locked into the party at that point I don't want to get too overloaded with Warrior companions, but I shall have to try it sometime.

    Caridin :(

    • stumpoman says:

      you should try a 4 warrior party some time. things die very fast…

      including yourself but the key is the other person dies faster

      • elenuial says:

        Yeah, I'm in the middle of the Denerim Blood Mage Warehouse Orgy O' Doom right now with three rogues and a warrior, and it's pretty much a death race in every room. I realized that it was simply inefficient to heal injuries one at a time, and I should just leave my party as a shambling, heaping wreck of broken bones, torn jugulars, many many concussions as they buttstab everyone just slightly faster than they get exploded.

        BUT I CAN'T BACK OUT NOW. (my last save is waaay before the warehouse) I HAVE GUTS.

  5. adaptation says:

    Why don’t I have weeks of free time available so I can just play this game over and over again?

    The last time I did a playthrough (Dalish Elf Warrior, in case you're curious), it was over last Christmas. I use Raptr, which tracks my game time, and when I quit the game after playing, it sends a message to Raptr through X-Box Live telling Raptr how long I spent playing. And one time I shut off my X-Box for the night, and I got a pop up from Raptr that was like "You have spent 13 hours today playing Dragon Age: Origins.

    That's my story.

    Oh, and Oghren's will get mad at you regardless of your choice in this situation, because you're either being a total dick (keeping the Anvil), or killing his wife, who he still apparently sort of likes even though she took a lesbian lover in the Deep Roads and then started slaughtering her party or whatever. So when Caridin dies and he gains approval points, it's because he figures Caridin dying is what Branka would have wanted.

  6. kartikeya200 says:

    Golems are even more fucked up than that. There's a very very easily missed note somewhere in…uh…well, one of the places before the Deep Roads, which I missed forever, which basically describes the process. It involves encasing the volunteer/victim in stone/metal and then pouring molten lyrium into their eyes. So even for the dwarves that volunteered, it's a horrific way to go.

    So. Branka. One of the major themes of this game involves fallen heroes. You've got Loghain, a common man who was so badass during the fight to retake Ferelden from Orlais that he was raised to the ranks of the nobility. You've got Zathirian, the respected leader of his dalish clan who has lived so long that the elves believe he's rediscovered some magic of the olden elvish times. And then there's Branka, someone whose society raised her up to living god status for her smithing accomplishments, but whose desire to live up to that led her to sacrificing her entire house in horrific, hideous ways, including her lover, including, nearly, you, and she gives not one shit about the cost of making golems.

    And on that note, we have Paragon Caridin himself, who first used volunteers, then turned a blind eye when the king started conscripting people, and then, when he finally protested, was made into a golem himself, and has waited for several hundred years for someone to come along so he could finally see the Anvil destroyed.

    • Dent_D says:

      The first time I played I didn't read much of the codex (FAIL!). But yeah, playing through again thanks to Mark's blogging, I read that journal entry from Caridin on how golems are made. JFC, that is disturbing. I found it more horrifying than broodmother, in some ways.

  7. Peter says:

    First Time Gameplay (for the last time!)

    OH SHAYLE, YOU BEAUTIFUL GIRL, YOU. I actually DID NOT KNOW what the Stone Prisoner was, or that you would receive a new party member, or that it would be a golem and FORMER DWARF, so I went ahead and played Orzammar first. So I definitely felt kind of dumb when I played the Stone Prisoner afterward. V fgvyy yrnearq nobhg Funlyr'f bevtvaf gubhtu, qhr gb gur Tbyrz Ertvfgel va Pnqnfu Gunvt. Now, getting the new dialogue between Branka, Caridin, and Shayle is just another reason to replay this game!

    I, too, chose to side with Caridin, because Branka: look at your life, look at your choices. Let's keep in mind that everyone Branka brought with her into the Deep Roads were her house – her own extended family and assorted servants/retinue. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE SHE SACRIFICED TO THE DARKSPAWN TO MAKE FREAKING BROODMOTHERS. That alone is -1000000 points for Branka, in my book. But, being familiar both with Bioware games in general and the previous plot twists in this game, I decided there may very well be some kind of mitigating circumstance they throw at me to make me rethink my condemnation of Branka. BUT NO. SHE WANTS TO MAKE GOLEMS BY SACRIFICING DWARVEN SOULS. BECAUSE THAT'S NOT FROWNED UPON OR ANYTHING.

    Still, though, in the spirit of roleplaying, I toyed with the idea for a little bit that my Warden would realize how valuable golems would be in the coming battle against the darkspawn. I eventually decided that he would do the right thing, though, especially considering that he already saw the evils of blood magic in Redcliffe and the Circle (In my head, I draw a thematic comparison between blood magic, with the necessity of living sacrifice, and golem creation). So I too killed Branka, got the crown from Caridin, and got the fuck out of the Deep Roads because SCARY.

  8. Peter says:

    Last night I beat this game and OMGWTF, let's discuss

    JUNG GUR URYY. BZT JUNG.

    Fb svefg, gur Ynaqfzrrg. V gbgnyyl arj Naben jnf tbvat gb orgenl zr. Rira gubhtu fur'f njner ure sngure fhpxf naq rira gubhtu V gubhtug va gubfr rneyl phgfprarf fur ZVTUG or na nyyl sbe hf, guvatf jrer whfg gbb svful jura jr npghnyyl erfphrq ure naq tbg onpx gb Ney Rnzba'f, rfcrpvnyyl pbafvqrevat fur jnf FB QNZA CBJRE UHATEL. Fur onfvpnyyl fnvq, "V'yy bayl erwrpg zl sngure naq fhccbeg lbh vs lbh shpx bire Nyvfgnve naq xrrc zr ba gur guebar," juvpu whfg AB. V qb abg nccebir bs lbhe boivbhf, Znpuvniryyvna nzovgvba. V nyfb qvqa'g guvax zl uhzna aboyr be Ney Rnzba (be gur bgure Sreryqna abovyvgl) jbhyq unir npprcgrq ure zhpu ybatre jvgubhg n znevgny pbaarpgvba gb ng yrnfg n gvghyne Gurveva xvat. Naq V xabj vg'f n pyvpur, ohg rirelguvat Nyvfgnve fnlf nobhg abg jnagvat gb or xvat vf rknpgyl jul ur'q znxr n terng bar.

    Fb V gevrq gb qb rirelguvat gb jva crbcyr gb zl fvqr va gur Ynaqfzrrg, yvxr frrxvat bhg gubfr eryngvirf bs gur crbcyr sebz Ubjr'f qhatrba (VG JNF FB FNGVFSLVAT GB XVYY UVZ. UR JNF FB SHPXVAT UBEEVOYR. V UNGR LBH GVZ PHEEL.). Ohg V whfg snvyrq zvfrenoyl. Gur Ynaqfzrrg qribyirq vagb n ubeevoyr onggyr gung V unq gb cynl sbhe gvzrf, orpnhfr fb znal zntrf naq ubeevoyr fghss, ohg riraghnyyl V unq gb tb vagb fvatyr pbzong jvgu Ybtunva, juvpu V ntnva unq gb cynl zhygvcyr gvzrf orpnhfr V pbhyqa'g svther bhg ubj gb orng uvz. Riraghnyyl, V qrpvqrq gb fgbc hfvat zl Jneqra be Nyvfgnve naq whfg hfr Zbeevtna. Uryyb Pehfuvat Cevfba naq Pbar bs Pbyq, Tbbqolr Ybtunva. V fubhyq'ir gubhtug bs gung fbbare.

    V xvyyrq Ybtunva orpnhfr rira gubhtu V jnf tbvat gb fcner uvz, Nyvfgnve whfg frrzrq fb hcfrg nobhg Qhapna, naq V unq gb qb fbzrguvat. V qvqa'g frr jung znxvat Ybtunva vagb n Terl Jneqra jbhyq qb sbe zr naljnl. Vg'f abg yvxr ur jbhyq or yblny gb zr. Ur znl nf jryy unir hfrq gung gb shegure sbzrag qvffrafvba.

    Snfg sbejneq gb Erqpyvssr. BZT EVBEQNA. JUL QVQA'G NALBAR GRYY ZR N JNEQRA UNF GB FNPEVSVPR UVZFRYS GB QRSRNG GUR NEPUQRZBA? OGJ V YBIR GUVF. V’z n uhtr fhpxre sbe ureb’f fnpevsvprf, naq V guvax gurl nqq n pevgvpny jrvtug naq frafr bs onynapr gung vf rfcrpvnyyl pehpvny va gur ivqrb tnzr zrqvhz. Jung V zrna ol gung vf: jura lbh qvpgngr gur grezf bs gur fgbel, nf lbh qb va na ECT, gurer vf n grzcgngvba, rfcrpvnyyl va yngre cynlguebhtuf ohg rira ba n svefg gvzr cynlguebhtu, gb “qb rirelguvat evtug” va beqre gb trg n “cresrpg raqvat.” Lbh zvtug rira trg n “cresrpg raqvat” jvgubhg pbafpvbhfyl gelvat gb “qb rirelguvat evtug.” Ohg trarenyyl fcrnxvat, gung’f abg tbbq fgbelgryyvat. Gurer unf gb or ybff. Gurer unf gb or n fnpevsvpr. V’z abg fnlvat unccl raqvatf ner onq, naq V’z abg fnlvat n fgbel bayl unf inyhr jura gur znva punenpgre qvrf. Boivbhfyl gung’f abg gehr. Ohg sbe zr, gur fgbel tnvaf fb zhpu zber zrnavat jura zl ureb’f yvsr, be Nyvfgnve’f, unatf va gur onynapr.
    V NYFB YBIR GUR VQRN BS ZBEEVTNA’F EVGHNY, RIRA GUBHTU V FVZHYGNARBHFYL UNGR VG NAQ NZ FB SHPXVAT PERRCRQ BHG OL VG. BU ZL TBQ. FUR JNAGF GB PBAPRVIR N PUVYQ GUNG JVYY OR N UHZNA VAPNEANGVBA BS GUR BYQ TBQ. NAQ V QBA’G PNER VS FUR FNLF FUR’F GELVAT GB CERFREIR VG JVGUBHG GUR PBEEHCGVBA BS GUR NEPUQRZBA – VG’F FGVYY PERRCL NF SHPX. NYFB GUR QNEXFCNJA GNVAG JUVPU GUR PUVYQ JVYY UBYQ VF GUR FNZR PBEEHCGVBA, EVTUG? FB VG JBHYQA’G OR HAGNVAGRQ, VG JBHYQ OR NA NAGUEBCBZBECUVP NEPUQRZBA, EVTUG? RRRRRRRX. Arrqyrff gb fnl, V gbyq Zbeevtna YBYABCR, naq fur yrsg. Juvpu jnf fnq, ohg arprffnel. Npgvbaf unir pbafrdhraprf. Naq guvf vf tbvat ba gbb ybat abj, fb V’yy whfg fnir gur erfg bs vg sbe jura Znex trgf gb gur raq, ohg guvf jnf gur zvaqoybjvat fghss. BZT GUVF TNZR.

    • Eliestav says:

      Fb qvq lbh fnpevsvpr lbhefrys, be Nyvfgnve gura?

      Naljnl, Erfcrpgshyyl qvfnterr jvgu lbhe pbapyhfvbaf nobhg fnpevsvpr, anzryl orpnhfr guvf ragver pnzcnvta unf orra svyyrq jvgu ybff gb qrzbafgengr ubj uvtu gur fgnxrf ner. V'z ubarfgyl erzvaqrq bs va Snyybhg 3 jurer fbzrobql unq gb nofbeo n yrguny nzbhag bs enqvngvba, naq lbhe pubvprf jrer gb rvgure qb vg lbhefrys, be trg gur Cnynqva gb qb vg. Boivbhfyl fnpevsvpvat lbhefrys vf gur zber aboyr bcgvba, ohg Snjxrf vf vzzhar gb Enqvngvba nygbtrgure, naq fraqvat uvz gb qb vg raqf jvgu mreb pnfhnygvrf. N fnpevsvpr unf gb srry rnearq. Unf gb srry arpprfneel. Abg fnlvat Qentba ntr qbrfa'g snyy haqre gung, ohg gur vqrn gung n fgbel vf orggre vs punenpgre qvr vf fvyyl gb zr.

      Naljnl, Gur Tbqonol jbhyqa'g unir gur gnvag, naq jbhyqa'g or noyr gb pbageby qnexfcjna. Vg jvyy or nf vg jnf orsber vg rire pnzr va pbagnpg jvgu gur qnexfcnja, naq guvf jvyy qrsvavgviryl raq gur oyvtug, naq abg pnhfr oyvtug eryngrq ceboyrzf yngre.

      Bs pbhefr jurgure lbh gehfg Zbeevtna jvgu gur tbqonol vf fbzrguvat ryfr nygbtrgure. Syrzrgu jnagrq vg sbe ure evghny, naq jub'f gb fnl Zbeevtna qbrfa'g unir fvzvyne tbnyf? Naq rira vs gur puvyq vf abg tbvat gb or unezrq, qb lbh gehfg Zbeevtna gb vzcneg zbeny inyhrf ba n puvyq jvgu gung xvaq bs cbjre? Pbafvqrevat jung Zbeevtna'f zbeny inyhrf unir orra gur jubyr tnzr?

      Sbe zr gur nafjre vf lrf bqqyl rabhtu, orpnhfr Zbeevtna vf zl sevraq, naq pbafvqref zr nf fhpu, naq V ybir Nyvfgnve gbb zhpu gb ybfr uvz, naq ur'q guvax gur fnzr. Ohg V pna haqrefgnaq abg jnagvat gb evfx fbzrguvat haxbja sbe gur arkg trarengvba

      • elenuial says:

        I really really wish you'd mentioned that spoilers for Fallout were in here, because I assumed it was only DA spoilers, and I was hoping to play Fallout pretty soon. :(

        • Eliestav says:

          Oh fuck, I'm sorry. Sort of assumed that since it's something Mark has seen, it was fair game. Any way a mod could edit in a spoiler warning?

          Though if it makes you feel better…umm….spoiler warning for Fallout 3…

          Gur oebxra fgrry nqq ba punatrf vg fb gung lbh PNA trg lbhe enqvngvba vzzhar grnzzngrf gb chyy gur fjvgpu, naq lbh zvenphybhfyl fheivir vs lbh QB chyy gur fjvgpu.

          Honestly that was one of the few things I knew before playing 3, so I sort of forget my experiences aren't endemic to the rest of the internet.

          • elenuial says:

            No worries. I don't know what's fair game, either, and I can see how Fallout might be. It's not exactly a new game. I was just surprised by a different set of spoilers than the expected under the rot13. XD

            I guess the answer is the rot13 twice for extra security!

  9. ferafaces says:

    The smallest difference between Casual and Normal… My hardest foe slain was Broodmother until the end :[

  10. celestineangel1 says:

    Spoilers for Witch Hunt and Awakening DLCs

    Witch Hunt: I actually really like most of this DLC. V NQBER gur fvqr punenpgref. Nevnar vf nznmvat, fur'f fb srvfgl naq svrepr naq V ybir ure sberire naq rire. Naq V rira ybir Svaa, fghssl, ulcbpubaqevnp gung ur vf, naq nyfb, V ernyyl ernyyl fuvc Nevnar/Svaa. Naq Nevnar/Qbt nf n cyngbavp fuvc orpnhfr QBT OEBHTUG URE SYBJREF. Qbt vf fgvyy nznmvat, ogj.

    Pna V xrrc Nevnar va shgher tnzrf sberire? Cyrnfr?

    Jung V qvqa'g yvxr, ubjrire, jnf gur raq. Vg pnzr fb fhqqrayl, naq vg qbrfa'g fngvfsl nalguvat. Jung yvggyr V haqrefgnaq bs shgher QN tnzrf (naq vg vf n yvggyr, fb V pbhyq or jebat) qbrfa'g tvir nal vaqvpngvba gung Zbeevtna, Syrzrgu, be Zbeevtna'f puvyq jvgu zl Jneqra Xvreana jvyy cynl nal cneg va gurz. Bar bs gur guvatf V'ir ernq fgngrf gung gur qrirybcref jnag rnpu QN tnzr gb fgnaq ba vgf bja jvgu vg'f bja fgbel, fb gung frrzf gb fnl gung juvyr gurer jvyy or sha yvggyr pnzrbf, vg'f hayvxryl gung–fvapr Jvgpu Uhag vf gur ercbegrq svany QYP sbe Bevtvaf–jr jvyy rire xabj jurer Zbeevtna jrag, jung Syrzrgu vf hc gb, be jung gur uryy vf tbvat ba jvgu gur puvyq… naq guvf obguref zr n terng qrny. Vs V unq fbzr vaqvpngvba gung vg jbhyq or nqqerffrq va gur shgher, vg jbhyqa'g obgure zr fb zhpu, ohg evtug abj vg whfg frrzf yvxr n qnatyvat cybg guernq naq V qb abg yvxr vg. Ng nyy.

    Awakening: V'q fgnegrq n cynl bs guvf jvgu na bevtvany Beyrfvna Jneqra-Pbzznaqre, ohg qrpvqrq V qvqa'g yvxr fbzrbar arj, fb jnvgrq hagvy V svavfurq Xvreana'f cynlguebhtu gb fraq uvz guebhtu vg.

    UV BTUERA. UNUNUN. BTUERA VF ABG CUNFRQ OL LBHE WBVAVAT. VA SNPG, TVIR UVZ ZBER QNEXFCNJA OYBBQ. UR'F FGVYY GUVEFGL.

    Ybir Naqref, V ernyyl qb. Ur'f yvxr n yrff anvir irefvba bs Nyvfgnve, naq jr nyy xabj gung V (zbfgyl) ybir Nyvfgnve. Nyfb, fbzrbar CYRNFR gryy zr vs V'z jebat, ohg jura lbh gnxr Naqref bhg bs lbhe cnegl… qbrf ur fnl "Naqenfgr'f xavpxre jrnfryf!"??? Orpnhfr V FJRNE gung'f jung V urneq. b.b

    Olr olr, Zunvev. :( V yvxrq lbh.

    Angunavry JVYY yvxr Xvreana jura guvf vf bire, V fjrne vg. V NZ QRGREZVARQ GUVF JVYY UNCCRA. Orpnhfr uvf qnq jnf na nffubyr jub qrfreirq gb qvr, ohg Angunavry vf abg. Ur'f whfg natel.

    Evtug abj V'z jnaqrevat nebhaq gur Jraqvat Jbbqf gelvat gb svaq gung rys ynql ntnva naq pbaivapr ure gur uhzna onaqvgf qvqa'g gnxr ure fvfgre. Fvtu.

    NYFB V TBG N XVGGRA. GURER'F N XVGGRA VA GUR PBHEGLNEQ BS IVTVY'F XRRC JUNG. :Q :Q :Q XVGGL!!! Vg… qbrf ybbx n yvggyr yvxr gur Xvggl-qrzba sebz Bevtvaf….

    • Eliestav says:

      Njnxravat npghnyyl gnxrf cynpr ORSBER Jvgpu uhag, fb gurer'f n srj abqf gb gung vs lbh vzcbegrq na njnxravatf punenpgre. Svaa gnyxf nobhg Naqre'f rfpncr nggrzcgf sbe vafgnapr.

      Naq juvyr V'ir bayl cynlrq gra zvahgrf bs qentba ntr 2….fcbvyre nyreg ogj
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      V srry cerggl frpher va guvaxvat gung guvf vf tbvat gb or fbzrjung vzcbegnag.

    • Naqref vf zl snibevgr sberire. SBERIRE. Bu tbq, uvf fanex. Vg vf n guvat bs ornhgl.

      V nyfb unir na haurnygul ybir sbe Angunavry Ubjr. Ur unf n jbaqreshy ibvpr.

      • celestineangel1 says:

        Naqref qbrfa'g zhpu yvxr xabjvat gur gehgu nobhg n Terl Jneqra'f yvsr, gubhtu. YBY, V ybfg nccebiny cbvagf va gur pbairefngvba bire gur ylevhz qrcbfvg va gur Qrrc Ebnqf, naq V'z cerggl fher vg'f orpnhfr Xvreana vf abg tbvat gb fhtne-pbng guvatf, l'nyy, naq ur gbyq Naqref gung gur erjneq sbe orvat n Terl Jneqra vf gb or sbetbggra naq qvr rneyl. (Hayrff lbh'er gur Ureb bs Sreryqba, V fhccbfr, ohg gung qvqa'g pbzr hc.) Qba'g jbeel, V guvax vg'f shaal. KQ

        FRE CBHAPR-N-YBG JVAF RIRELGUVAT.

  11. Bookman230 says:

    Finally, i can use she pronouns. You have no idea how many times I accidentally typed she out of muscle memory. And yeah, Shale's pretty much the bestest. Shale is usually the first party member my Warden really befriends and gets close with, excluding the LI, and that always amused me. It's not his fellow Warden in arms or the kind moral Chantry sister he strikes an instant kinship with. It's the giant stone golem who loves excessive violence.

  12. @Ninjababe says:

    Dragon Age 2 spoilers: V whfg ernyvmrq guvf… Znex vf nqbevat cynlvat n zntr. Juvpu znxrf zr jbaqre… Jvyy ur cynl n zntr va QN2? Orpnhfr… Pneire…

    V'ir nyjnlf cersreerq Orgunal. V unira'g cynlrq n zntr sbe ybat va QN2 orpnhfr bs guvf. Ohg, jura V cynl guvf bire ntnva juvyr Znex vf cynlvat vg, znlor V'yy cynl n zntr naq chg hc jvgu Ze. Naablvat Cnagf.

    • baruchan says:

      YBY, V ybir Pneire :Q V ungrq Pneire ng svefg orpnhfr ur'f fhpu n oenggl yvggyr oebgure. Ohg gura V cynlrq natel!Unjxr (gur irefvba bs Unjxr gung Pneire trgf nybat gur zbfg jvgu) naq unq uvz wbva gur Terl Jneqraf, fb ur riraghnyyl orpnzr zber sha gb vagrenpg jvgu.

      • @Ninjababe says:

        V erzrzore va zl svefg cynlguebhtu, V xrcg Orgunal va zl cnegl, orpnhfr V whfg xarj fur'q raq hc pncgherq ol gur Grzcynef. Naq, ybbx, fur jbhyq unir!

        Gura, V trg guebhtu gur Qrrc Ebnqf. Abababababab… [favss]

        V hfhnyyl cynl fanexl/fnepnfgvp Unjxr, naq gung whfg qvqa'g cynl jryy jvgu Pneire… V'yy unir gb gel vg ntnva.

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