Mark Plays ‘Dragon Age: Origins’: Hour 34

In the thirty-fourth hour of Dragon Age: Origins, I dominate in getting nearly all of my side quests done, and WHAT THE FUCK THAT’S A BEAR. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to play Dragon Age: Origins.

Hour Thirty-Four

Oh, hell, it’s so exciting that TOMORROW I WILL START THE LANDSMEET. Well, tomorrow for you, but I do write all my Mark Plays posts in the same day, so for me, it’ll be in like 45 minutes. HAHAHA, MY LIFE RULES.

Heads up as well, and I’ll remind y’all in the next two posts: Mark Plays (and this site ONLY) will be taking Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23rd off from posting. Given that I write my posts in advance, I’m honoring Thanksgiving because I need to write the following week’s posts now because I’ll be in Los Angeles for five days, and I’ll be nowhere near my Playstation 3. BINGE WRITING IS IN EFFECT. Again, this is only for this site. Mark Watches and Mark Reads will have normal posts going up since I can still do writing away from home.

Anyway, onwards! Here are the lovely, lovely missions/quests that I finished in this hour:

Caravan Down

God, you bigots. I got stopped (the first of FOUR TIMES) on my way to the spot on my map marked for the caravan to find out what happened to these folks. Some assholes named “Tricksters” got all double mage-y on me, and killed everyone but Shale before I was able to put them down. FUCK YOU. Who are you? How come I’ve never seen them before?

Anyway, after this, I found out the caravan was annihilated by me. Well, technically, that is, since something I conjured in the Circle of Mages got out and destroyed them. OH. WELL. OKAY. That sucks!

Brothers and Sons

Then I went to go check on a Battlefield marked on my map, and all those people were dead, too! Was this also my fault? LOOK, I’M TRYING TO SAVE FERELDEN, CAN’T SOMEONE ELSE HELP OUT SOMETIMES? I mean, seriously, look at all these bodies!

I have never seen such corpse density in this game before! As I started to explore, I was attacked by a couple wolves. Then five wolves. THEN TEN WOLVES AT ONCE. THEN A FUCKING BROWN BEAR SHOWED UP. Oh, so the brothers and sons were annihilated by wildlife? Well, at least that’s not my fault!

Flemeth’s Grimoire

Haha, I took me a visit to realize that I couldn’t go to Flemeth’s Hut with Morrigan in tow, so I had to visit camp to drop her off before Flemeth would show up. When she did, we began to verbally spar about her super evil plans to take over Morrigan’s body. Initially, I thought it would be worth it to just kill Flemeth since I would probably get something awesome from her corpse. So I initiated a fight by being extremely mean and murderous in my conversation choices.

And then she disappeared.

And then I was confused.

And then half my party was on fire?

And then –


Oh, right, Flemeth can shapeshift SO SHE JUST TURNS INTO THE BIGGEST DRAGON I HAVE EVER SEEN. No big deal, I’ll just use Shale to distract her and OH FUCK MY ENTIRE PARTY IS DEAD. In a matter of seconds, she decimated everyone. I could not believe it. When I reloaded my save outside her hut, I tried to get in position so that Shale would be the aggressor she’d go after, and BAM. DEAD. DEAD IN TEN SECONDS.

Okay, nope. Nope. I can’t. NOPE. So, on my third attempt, I took the Grimoire and said I’d lie to Morrigan. My Coercion was the highest possible, so I figured that she’d trust what I said. I got the Grimoire and the Robes of Possession for Morrigan. That would help, right?

I returned to camp, a bit nervous that this would backfire on me, but Morrigan approved +13! Then when I spoke to her, she pretty much admitted that she loves me, that it’s hard for her to make friends, and that she’s quite thankful to have me in her life. Well, I’m getting all choked up here! She said she didn’t expect to “find in you a friend… Perhaps even a sister.” Okay, I like you, Morrigan. And now you like me +3, too! I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for my approval rating to be any higher for Morrigan. Wynne, however, lost 5 approval points because she didn’t like my lies. :( :( :(


The last batch of missions I had all centered around Denerim. I turned in Thy Brother’s Killer, got my drakeskin armor from Wade and immediately gave it to Alistair, and turned in Sign of Safe Passage to the barman at the Gnawed Noble Tavern. All that was left?

Grease the Wheels

Unfortunately, I was only able to find one hooded courier in Denerim before my hour was up. I think this will be a little more challenging because the characters for this mission don’t have those mission markers above their heads. I’ll just have to visit the various locations in Denerim to see if I can find them. THEN IT’S TIME FOR THE LANDSMEET, OH MY GOD. Bring it on!

My Character Stats

Strength: 27+6
Dexterity: 27+12
Willpower: 22+2
Magic: 14+2
Cunning: 24+7
Constitution: 27+2

Heroic Stats

Kills: 613
Damage dealt: 140516
Friendly-fire: 0
Greatest damage dealt: 90
Contribution to party damage: 29
Hit rate: 87
Most powerful foe slain: Revenant
Injuries: 23

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