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Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Trespasser, 2nd Pass

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Ok, second verse, same as the first.
  • Working off my first run-through (which, if you were interested, I wrote a day-by-day playthrough of here.)
  • In case you’re not interested in a day-by-day playthrough, I basically tried to do the diametric opposite the second time, so my first Inquisitor was a Human Warrior who sided with the Mages, kept the Wardens, sacrificed the Chargers, had Cole become more human, romanced Cullen, made Leliana Divine, and had Morrigan drink the water.
  • This time around, I also consulted a walkthrough in the interests of completion.
  • So of the initial “secret” quests, the only one I had missed entirely was the Harlequin tagging.
  • Those things were not only hard to sneak up on, but almost never showed up this time around, even though last time I remember seeing them *whomp* in and out all the time.
  • Oh Cole and Maryden!  Well that’s maybe not quite as cute as the Zither scene, but they seem happy.
  • Wow, without the Chargers, there is literally nothing Bull has to say to you.
  • There continues to be a lot more PDA here than you’d expect at a religious conclave.
No really, super inappropriate, you guys.
  • …Which is actually just fine, when it is the Inquisitor and Cullen getting married!  Squee!
  • I feel like this Inquisitor, being a warrior and fairly well-connected, would be a little more aggressive and less placating than an elven mage.
  • Wow, there were like three whole eluvians I didn’t find last time (for the record, I found them this time without the walkthrough.)
  • The interaction with the old elven spirits doesn’t go half as well if you didn’t drink the water.
  • Cool, I got new armor.  It’s for rogues, but it still fits for some reason?
  • I still don’t get how anyone affords the Clasping maw.
  • I guess I’m using the beehive on a stick–I wouldn’t want Cullen to think I’m scorning his dog’s gift.
  • Even though they seem to have patched some of the problems from the last time, this lag in the Deep Roads certainly didn’t go away.
  • I just timed it, and it takes about 50 seconds for her to loot something or climb up a ladder after the request.
  • Huh.  I totally didn’t realize you could bust open some of these passages once you get the exploding anchor ability.
  • Gosh, this one veil fire puzzle has such tricky timing, I don’t think I would have ever gotten it without having read about it.
  • Josephine seems pretty upset about this council and the Inquisition, for having been roughly 1/4th of the Inquisition.
  • This Inquisitor is unimpressed with the squabbling that’s going on while her hand is catching fire.
  • Given that we’re implying that she’s going off to die, I feel like there should have been more with Cullen than a quick hug.
  • Oh wait, there were even more secret quests than this one walkthrough had!
  • For one of them, you had to find a piece of codex in the Deep Roads before you flooded everything.  Well, I guess we’ll find out whether I did or not eventually.
  • I cannot find this underground vault at the Elven Ruins for anything.
  • Wait, I just found it.  Hachi machi, but that’s a lot of money.
  • We can afford the Clasping Maw now!
  • But in a sad reveal, it’s a two-handed weapon, and we only trained one hand and shield.  Womp womp.
  • I guess we could try to craft actual warrior armor with the new schematic we just found.
  • So it’s super good armor, but sadly an unattractive color.  I guess we could give it to Iron Bull, since he’ll be coming along on most of these quests.
  • I must say, the new armor makes Bull look pretty svelte.
  • Oh, the fireworks thing was another game I missed first time around.
  • Actually, after about fifteen minutes, I’m pretty much missing it this time too.
  • I think you’re supposed to score 80 on it to get something decent, but the most I could manage was around 65 before I couldn’t take it anymore.
  • Ok, time for the Qunari gauntlet.
  • So this time around, we’ll try saving the dragon.
  • I’m not sure why we’re so charitable with this one, when we didn’t care about killing all those other ten, but maybe we mellowed.
  • Look Qunari girl, Bull’s not going to turn on me.
  • Wh…what?
  • What did you call me Bull?
  • OMG.
  • I can’t believe I just had to kill Bull.
  • I have to lie down now.
  • Ok, back now.
  • I think I’m ok.
  • But wow, this will not be my definitive playthrough of DAI.
  • Nice that they give you a chance to reform your team since I’m down a man now.
  • Plus the traitor took off with my newly-crafted armor!
  • Apparently still not over it.
  • I guess on the plus side, after Bull, Solas doesn’t really evoke that much of a sense of betrayal anymore.
You look at me when I’m talking to you, dammit!
  • I guess we did find all the codex, because we clued into the Fen’harel thing already.
  • So let’s reflect on Solas’ plan for a minute this time around.
  • The Evanuris did the unspeakable by killing Mythal, so Solas put up the veil to lock them away.
  • The veil ruined elven society by taking away their magic.
  • At that point, Solas got sad and went to take a nap for a couple millenia.  (What?)
  • When he woke up, he decided to destroy the world by tearing down the veil, but for some reason, all his power was in an orb?
  • Too weak to open the orb, he does the next best thing, and gives it to a totally evil crazy powerful magical…thing?
  • His initial plan is for Corypheus to open the orb and get exploded, at which time he was going to take it and destroy the world, but he was foiled by Corypheus not going along with the plan and surviving.
  • You break the orb, so he drops you and the Inquisition like a hot potato and goes and kills Mythal for her godliness.
  • He kills her, even though this was the exact thing he screwed up everything in the first place for!
  • Solas, you are a bad planner.
  • This Inquisitor isn’t in love with you Solas.  She’s gonna take you down if you mess with her.
  • Well thank goodness Corypheus didn’t think of this way of getting the anchor off you.
  • Although, if you think about it, Corypheus was the only thing that prevented Solas from killing everyone already with his orb and anchor.
  • Basically, Corypheus saved us all.
  • So this time around, I think the Inquisitor would keep the Inquisition around, because she’d want a big force to go after Solus and her arm.
  • That was not much of a heartwarming last scene with Cullen, BioWare.
  • At least the epilogue cards have slowed down.
  • Vivienne’s going against the Divine!  More betrayal!
  • Ok, I thought about it some more, and I guess it’s logical that if you had Bull let his BFFs die, then you shouldn’t expect him to form an attachment to you, whom he’s known for a much shorter amount of time, that would overrule his dedication to the Qun.
  • It’s just the idea that the whole game revolves around our character that deceived us into thinking differently.
  • I think the only good thing was that this Inquisitor didn’t romance Bull, because that would have been the end if he’d slept with her for two years and then turned on her.
  • I still love Cassandra reading “This Shit Is Weird” so much.

 

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Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: What Pride Had Wrought

Spoiler Thoughts:

    • The bartender says people are complaining that I’m bedding my allies? I certainly haven’t seen anything to give me that impression.
    • Ok Morrigan. Off to the Temple of Mythal.
    • Forgot how repetitive these sequences are, wandering down the river and killing Templars.
    • I feel like Cullen would have said something to us, since we just saved him.
    • Entering the Temple. Oh, one Corypheus, extra crispy.
    • Now does Corypheus’ lieutenant know that he can come back in a blighted thing? If not, why do they keep going through the temple? They don’t seem that excited about him being apparently dead.
    • “Oh, the Old Gods are probably a myth.” “HDU!!”
    • Um, Solas, do you have something to share with the class?
    • Ok, jump in the hole? Or do the rituals? Jump in the hole? Or do the rituals?
    • Well maybe we try both this time around: trot around the rituals and then jump in the hole.
    • I always feel like this was kind of a weird ritual for priests to make people do. I get that it would make people focus and meditate, but on the other hand, it’s like if you had to finish a few rounds of Dance Dance Revolution before you could see the Pope.
    • Alright. Time to see what’s in the hole.
    • Oh good. My inventory is already full.
    • [Line of magical elven archers show up with arrows cocked.]. “Someone’s watching us!”
    • Nothing gets by you, Inquisitor.
    • “Say something, Solas!”
    • “Don’t look at me. I got no dog in this race.”
    • Ok, we will ally with you…Wha?…Damnit, Morrigan.
    • Well this Sentinel guide is one personable elf.
    • I must say, Calpurnia is a lot more reasonable than Sampson.
    • Look, you might hold off on the “savage Qunari” remarks when I have one RIGHT HERE.
    • Maybe I should have brought Dorian.

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    • So who’s thirsty?
    • Solas? “NOOOO!” Well alrighty, then.
    • I let Morrigan have the well last time, but I feel like an elf inquisitor would have more of a vested interest in drinking it herself.
    • Well this was a lot more dramatic than if you let Morrigan take the power.
    • The fact that Corypheus showed up again doesn’t bode too well for Calpurnia.
    • Morrigan doesn’t seem like she’s gonna let this go anytime soon.
    • Oh burn from Leilana. Maybe she’s still bitter that Morrigan never wanted to go shopping with her.
    • The dragon is a horcrux?
    • Ok, getting on to the last chance to talk to anyone.
    • Not too much from Varric or Vivienne, but to be fair, I’m not sure we were close.
    • Ok Solas, your turn.
    • Slave markings? Yeah, you can go ahead and get rid of those, thanks.
    • Watch the hand there, Solas.
    • Wait, what?
    • Oh this is horrible, although the option to say “your loss, asshole” is pretty great.
    • Solas, you heel.
    • At least you get dropped off outside, because it’d be pretty awkward to still be in his room after that.
    • Cassandra is such a good friend in this game. I’m glad she didn’t kill us in the beginning, like she wanted.

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    • Wait, did Cole just…erase himself?
    • Oh Cole.
    • I think my favorite line of Sera’s is “I believe the stuff not made up by dead people who failed.”
    • Blackwall’s pretty terse.
    • Man, what exactly is going on in that painting in the stables? I’m…not sure I want to know.

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  • You can tell when I’m getting close to the end, because I start doing a permanent save every few minutes.
  • Time for The Final Piece