*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.