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?
“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?
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?