Flemeth, Sandal, and More Dragon Age Theories

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I have said several times that one of my favorite things about the Dragon Age series is the mystery that surrounds it, often through the characters. What makes this fun is the fact that these mysteries have allowed people to develop their own theories and predictions of what is to come in the later installation(s), and of course… I had to come up with my own. What I ramble about below should be taken lightly. My mind can develop some strange thoughts, and things mentioned below could be so farfetched that I should be legitimately claimed as insane.

Why is it called Dragon Age?

There are dragons in Dragon Age, but they do not necessarily hold enough presence to create a revealing title. Dragon Age: Origins focuses on the Blight and Dragon Age 2 focuses on the rumblings of religious, racial, and theological differences (mages, Templars, Qunari). When I received the two Dragon Age games, I knew absolutely nothing about them. I assumed they were medieval-type dragon-slaying RPG games and nothing more.

This is one thing I enjoy about mystery: While you are focused on the present, more dramatic events, the true story is rumbling in the background unnoticed and unchecked. There is no denying that there have been hints about what is truly happening, but let’s get back to the dragons.

In the days of the Tevinter Imperium, the Old Gods were a pantheon of deities revered by most citizens. The mages, however, worshipped them in the form of dragons. Legend says that it was the Old Gods who initially taught mages how to use magic. It is also believed that the archdemons are the sleeping Old Gods, tainted and corrupted by the darkspawn. Dragon imagery and iconography was equated with imperial power throughout the Imperium.

Out of seven Old Gods, three still exist at the start of Dragon Age: Origins:

Urthemiel – the Dragon of Beauty and the archdemon of the Fifth Blight (slain in DA:O)

Razikale – the Dragon of Mystery

Lusacan – the Dragon of Night

 

What is Flemeth?

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“We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment… and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.”

The Witch of the Wilds, Asha’bellanar, an old hag that talks too much… Flemeth contains several titles and the majority of the mystery that attracts me into the lore of the Dragon Age universe. Flemeth has two known daughters: Morrigan and Yavana (known as an Antivan Witch of the Wilds), and is said to have attracted Templars to their deaths in the wilds. In DA:O, Morrigan reveals that Flemeth “is not a blood mage, not an abomination, and not even truly human.”

So what is she? Considering that she can become a dragon… could this mean that Flemeth may possibly be an Old God? It is obvious that she is some type of oracle, and in a way her cryptic presence reminds me of the Fates (look up Greek mythology). Is Morrigan and Yavana actually daughters of Flemeth, or could they perhaps actually be other forms of this mystical being without even knowing? Whether or not that could be true, it is an interesting thought.

What is Sandal?

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Enchantment?

Sandal is one of my favorite characters in the series and he is a massive mystery inside of the Dragon Age lore that I look forward to solving. Found by his adoptive father Bodahn in the Deep Roads, Sandal offers his skills to enchant weapons and armor with runes. Bodahn claims that the Circle of Magi declared Sandal a savant, and because of that, is unable to properly take care of himself. He has a limited mental capacity, often replying with one word answers.

His character becomes strangely chilling in Dragon Age 2, even after mysteriously killing darkspawn (much like in DA:O). While living with Hawke, initiating a conversation with Sandal can pull out this quote: “One day the magic will come back. All of it. Everyone will be just like they were. The shadows will part, and the skies will open wide. When he rises, everyone will see.”

Could this imply that dwarves had once carried the ability to use magic? If so, what does this make Sandal? Some people have theorized that he could, in fact, be an Old God. Maybe he could be one of the two remaining. A theory I enjoy tossing around is the possibility that Sandal is a half dwarf, half human mage. Bodahn finding Sandal in the Deep Roads would make more sense considering that such a child would be deemed casteless.

 In dwarven society, children inherit the caste of their same-sex parent. If Sandal’s father was a human mage, he could be thrown away as casteless, particularly to keep the mother from being shunned as well. Zerlinda, a casteless dwarf in DA:O, explains that she had fallen in love and had a son with a casteless man. Because of this, her own family throws her out unless she decides to abandon her child in the Deep Roads.  

So maybe Sandal is simply a crossbred mage and nothing more, but in DA2, he also talks about an old lady with a scary laugh. I automatically assume that this is Flemeth he is seeing. And if it’s actually her… what could this mean? Is Sandal another tool in Flemeth’s unknown plan? Does she know that something powerful rests inside of him? Or is Sandal a very good actor that’s hiding his own secrets?

More importantly, what could all of this mean inside of the war between mages and templars that will no doubt be present in Dragon Age: Inquisition?

Better yet, what do you think?

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15 thoughts on “Flemeth, Sandal, and More Dragon Age Theories”

  1. I definitely want to know what is Sandal’s role in the entire DA mythology. It was implied in the second game that he is important. It’d be stupid to throw that out there and not address this at all.

    Flemeth is also a mystery yet to be answered, but I really wonder how deep into her story we will get in Inquisition. There’s also the stuff with Morrigan, but I kind of think she may take a backseat to make room for the newer characters and focus on the war in Inquisition. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they left that stuff unanswered in the next game.

    1. My main question is: Is Inquisition going to be the last in a trilogy? If so, I expect several answers to be revealed, including Flemeth’s ultimate plans, Morrigan, Sandal, and the outcome of the tension between mages and templars. I want to know how all of this ties into each other.

      However if Inquisition is another continuation with more installations to be released in the future, we may not get too many straight answers… which is perfectly fine by me! Either way… I want DA3 NOW!

  2. I believe that what ever morrigans plan is to oppose flemeth is exactly what flemeth want her to do. She has manipulated everything in morrigans life, and morrigan now thinks she can stop her. There are many very unique ways they talked in dragon age origins and its very interesting. Who’s to believe anything either of them say? Like morrigan being the only one who could read flemeths grimoire? I believe morrigan manipulated the warden to kill flemeth. As when you speak to flemeth she chose her words very carefully before that battle/encounter

  3. Many people say that Morrigan and Sandal could actually be pieces of Flemeth and not know it. I like that Idea because in DA:2 she says the last time you see her that she was just a piece, a small piece. If you killed her in Origins you only killed one of the ‘pieces’. Now, if Morrigan and Sandal could be Flemeth and not know it….Could the Warden and Hawke be Flemeth and not know as well? People also like to say Bethany is Flemeth, so it stands that if the Warden, Hawke, Sandal, AND Bethany are Flemeth they certainly don’t act like her. The REAL question is…if there are pieces of Flemeth everywhere, where is the real Flemeth? Is she living a ‘normal life’ around other people or is she in hiding, waiting for someone to uncover her? In DA:3 will the Inquisitor also be another piece to Flemeth or will he be the one that finally destroys her? If he does destroy her he’ll probably have to go through a lot of her ‘pieces’.

  4. Well Guys, here is something that has been bugging me for a while…. Witch Hunt! Specifically in the DLC whether or not the Warden chooses to go with Morrigan through the Eluvian, i believe that moment marked history already in the plot. The Inquisitor…. i believe he is Morrigan’s child, since the Ritual was to create a human-Old God being. The Inquisitor will perhaps be the most powerful person in the game, maybe even more than a king, since he is the one who is in the middle of all this and trying to save/unite the world, and for the fact that the Inquisition just returned for this sole purpose. When Sandal gave his prophecy, which is very similar to the Inquisition trailer: “Sky open wide, when HE rises…” That to me must be the child conceived. Now all the characters mentioned could be pieces of Flemeth… or hell! maybe Flemeth herself is piece of something else, we will have to wait to see. But my theory is this, the Inquisitor is the Child, this WONT be the end merely the beginning, and possibly all “pieces” of Flemeth will reunite, who knows…. But clearly, Bioware is on to something. Aside from Mass Effect, or hell, i believe Dragon Age is THE BEST GAME UNIVERSE they ever made…

  5. actually, in DA:O, the reason why it’s called “dragon age” is spelled out quite clearly. each 100 years since the creation of the church had been named. the current age is the dragon age, marked by the first sightings of dragon in many many years, and thought to be an age of great strife and upheaval.
    I really like the idea that flemeth is an old god. I have always found it strange how the elves respond to her. they don’t “like” her, but they certainly won’t go against her. In DA2, when you “release” a piece of her at the top of the mountain she refers to merril and the elves in general as the “old people”. I also think that it is possible that flemeth and morrigan are one. complete and entire. everything was just a big charade.
    sandal… I think sandal might actually not be important. certainly he is unique, but I see no.reason for him.to be especially relevant. although I’m not opposed to seeing him as a daemonhost.
    sadly I doubt we would be so lucky as to be able to be the epic child of morrigan and the warden(or allister is you were so charismatic). probably a party member whose fate you have to save them from.
    also, did anyone else notice how the canon hawk is a blood mage?

    1. Like some before mentioned, did you think about the idea that the inquisitor might be morrigans child? although I guess it would be strange if its a qunari then but it could be possible

  6. In lore, the Morrigan was a goddess of war, among other things. She had three forms: a maiden (Yavana, who I don’t know much about so I’m guessing with her), a mother (Morrigan is a mother, or soon to be), and a hag (Flemeth, “the old hag who talks too much”). The raven is one of her symbols. Both Morrigan and Flemeth seem to be wearing raven feathers, Morrigan in Origins and Flemeth in Dragon Age 2. This could have something to do with it.

    1. My understanding of The Morrigan is not that she’s the goddes of war (that’s Brigid) – Morrigan is more complicated being a tripartite deity as you correctly point out, but her domain is sometimes described as being “the chooser of the slain.” Tuatha Dé Danann mythology is weird.

  7. Just to contribute to why it is called Dragon Age:

    The Dragon Age (9:00–present) is the ninth and current Age in Thedas.

    The previous several years have seen two dragon flights ranging out of the Frostbacks and Orkney Mountains, even though it was thought that dragons had been hunted to extinction by Nevarran dragon hunters during the Steel Age. The dragons devastate the countrysides in Orlais and Nevarra, and all attempts to slay them end in disaster. Despite the devastation, some see the return of dragons to Thedas as a glorious sign – Chantry scholars, however, claim that this is the worst of omens.

    Because of the dragon sightings, Divine Faustine II names the next age as Dragon Age, while she was ready to name it as Sun Age, predicting that it will be an age of violence and upheaval.

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    Of course, this does not necessary means that is the real reason why Bioware chose the title based on the age it is set in. It might be a combination of the name of the this age and DA:Origins being about stopping a blight led by a dragon/old god.

  8. This is why your theory about the name of the game is wrong……The DA titles were named that because of the era of time they occurred in. DA:O and DA:2 began in 9:30 Dragon. Thus the name dragon age. If you pay attention to the names referred to in the Lores then you know each age had a distinct name. Towers, Divine, Ect.

  9. Here’s a late observation I have to make. In DA:O at the start of the Landsmeet, a single black bird (possible raven) is seen perched above watching events unfold.

    Then again, in DA2, when Hawke reaches Kirkwall, another black bird is shown on the docks watching.

    Are these birds one of Flemeth’s forms. Has she been watching the whole time? A similar idea was used years ago in Planescapes: Torment with Ravel Puzzlewell who appears as about 4 or 5 other characters to watch or assist the Nameless One.

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