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tuberkiin:

kotorswtor:

*wonders about the intersection of “Congratulations, part of the Grey Warden package is you have progressively-shittier Darkspawn dreams for the rest of your supernaturally-shortened life” and “Unlike everyone else, Mages enter the Fade fully-conscious (i.e. they’re lucid dreamers)”*

I was literally thinking about this yesterday and I wondered if it was actually worse, since darkspawn presumably are pretty closely linked with the Fade.

As if Mages didn’t have enough shit to worry about at night. :(

This is big ol’ chunk of why I headcanon my Tobiah as having serious insomnia issues.  (Also because he’s had a very intuitive and intimate connection to the Fade since he was young and is a lucid enough dreamer to be able to wake himself on demand, if he isn’t already snared by something a la the Sloth demon in the Broken Circle.  If you can escape the things that are attacking you just by leaving, and you have control over your ability to leave, it’s awfully hard to choose to stay.)

I’ve always wondered how an Archdemon’s powers and the Fade intersect, because there’s clearly a relationship there, but the exact nature of it is vague.  It seems as though the Darkspawn semi-hive-mind facilitated by the Archdemon’s “song” may just be something Wardens are more sensitive/receptive to when they’re asleep because their conscious minds give way to the subconscious, but… I don’t know, I have questions.  When a Warden experiences nightmares of the Darkspawn/Archdemon, are they experiencing those things WITHIN the Fade- would passing demons or spirits be able to observe it?  Since, supposedly, spirits and demons construct most of what people experience in the Fade, even good dreams, would that mean that somehow the Archdemon is manipulating the Fade itself to construct those dreams, as a spirit would?  Or are Darkspawn dreams something entirely separate from the Fade, something that takes place only in the Warden’s mind?  OR NONE OF THE ABOVE IDEK IT’S INTERESTING.

Posted 2 weeks ago With 11 notes

susias:

the boys after a fun trip to the deep roads

chenria:

Idk… Warden Bethany in the Deep Roads… for minorearth… I hope this picuture is not too much of a disappointment… the red in the blue color palette was kind of difficult to work with ^^” 

A Fine Time to Close a Border

bossuary:

The news is dire. There are rumors that our Warden brothers and sisters in Ferelden have all perished. Without the Grey Wardens, the Blight will take Ferelden. Then it will undoubtedly spread.  It will go north to Nevarra and the Marches.  It will come west to Orlais.  At the head will be an Archdemon, and in its wake will come thousands upon thousands of darkspawn.  We must be ready to stare squarely into the eyes of oblivion.

Many of you have asked why we remain here when such threats are mounting in the east.  The problem, you see, is not a new one for us.  Politics. To say Ferelden and Orlais have been at odds is an understatement.  These two are like dogs and cats.  We Wardens are Orlesian by address only, but that does not seem to matter to Ferelden’s leaders.

Word is that the king of Ferelden is dead.  And his successor, Loghain Mac Tir, decrees that no Warden set foot in the country.  Mac Tir, a national hero who helped expel invading Orlesian forces from Ferelden, seems to have it out for our Order too.  Maybe he doubts our abilities. Maybe he is more foolish than the history books make him out to be.

This is why we must wait, even as Ferelden willingly welcomes its fate.

-An address by Warden-Constable Blackwall of Val Chevin to his recruits, 9:30 Dragon.

Posted 1 month ago With 217 notes

It has always been our duty to remember.

needlesslycryptic:

Bethany Hawke for machakizi, thanks for commissioning me! =D

mrbob0822:

feralkiwi:

Grey Warden Hoodie! Obviously super impromptu photoshoot (josh’s shadow kept photobombing me) and the makeup/wig  was done kind of quickly (also using my fenris wig so kind of looks like fenris as a grey warden XD). but woo!

(okay i know i said i’d have pricing info on this, but i have to go to tandy and buy leather for fenris cosplay mock 2, so i’ll add it later)

Seriously, I have money.  This needs to be a thing I can purchase…

…for I have A MIGHTY NEED!  D:

justgreywardenthings:

talking about your favourite music.

-submitted by merlini-custos

  • dragon age origins: being a grey warden is v serious we only recruit the best bc most of u won't even make it past the joining anyway lol
  • dragon age awakening: oh that twig over there wants to be a warden?? well hand it a vial of darkspawn blood we don't have all god damn day

Posted 6 months ago With 1,079 notes

Founded at Weisshaupt Fortress in the Anderfels, the Grey Wardens offered humanity hope in its darkest hours. Veterans of decades of battles with the darkspawn came together, and the best among them pledged to do whatever was necessary to stem the tide of darkness that swept across the land. These great humans, elves, and dwarves pooled their knowledge of the enemy and formed a united front to finally put a stop to the archdemon’s rampage.

And stop it they did. Ballads are still told today of the first Grey Warden charge into the waves of darkspawn at the city of Nordbotten, each Warden facing 10, 20 darkspawn at a time. Squadrons of Grey Wardens mounted on their mighty griffons, soaring through the blackened skies and battling the terrible archdemon with spear and spell. Oh, what a sight is must have been!

Incredibly, the Grey Wardens won that first battle. They raised their arms in victory, and suddenly there was hope. The Grey Wardens led the lands of men and the last stalwart defenders of the dwarven halls against the hordes of the archdemon Dumat for the next 100 years, gaining and losing ground but never backing away. They recruited whoever possessed the skill and strength to raise their banner from all over Thedas, making no distinction between elven slave or human nobleman. Finally, nearly two centuries after the first Old God rose from the earth, the Grey Wardens assembled the armies of men and dwarves at the Battle of Silent Plains. It was then that Dumat was finally slain and the First Blight ended.

The Tevinter Imperium would face a new challenge with the coming of the prophet Andraste, and thoughts of the Blight drew distant. With their defeat, the darkspawn were considered no longer a threat, but with the wisdom of hindsight, we all know that conceit proved to be hopeful and foolish indeed. The task of the Grey Wardens was far from over.

—From Tales of the Destruction of Thedas, by Brother Genitivi, Chantry scholar.

in war, victory. in peace, vigilance. in death, sacrifice.

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