Path of the Grey Warden 1: Order to Orzammar

Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Dragon Age Origins babblethrough series I did on my old website. This article was originally posted on September 2, 2017, and right in the middle of the original Adventure Rules Blogger Blitz community event. Fun times! Anyway, enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings.

Thank the Maker, I’m enjoying Day 2 of my awesome 4 Day vacation! It’s Labour Day here in Canada on Monday (same as our American neighbours, except we spell it differently because of our great British overlords) and I’m visiting family in the middle of nowhere until Sunday night. Unfortunately, that means I had to leave Dragon Age Origins behind for a bit… but I can still ramble about it online! Besides, I really need a break from trying to write about robots and soccer balls.

By the way, I love taking in game screenshots! I have almost 6 GB of images from various video games stored on my hard drive. Since I’m playing the PC version of Origins, I’ve been quite the shutterbug. Every time I see something cool, I just have to tap a key and then I have a digital image to treasure forever (or until some sort of catastrophic technology error happens). It’s always disappointing when I have to go back to consoles that don’t have that glorious feature.

Anywho, something I really enjoyed blogging about this year was my journey through Horizon Zero Dawn, in the form of a bunch of rambling progress posts, complete with some of the over 1,500 screenshots I took in that game. I’m loving every damn minute of Dragon Age Origins (it’s already surpassed HZD for my personal GoTY) so I think I’m going to do the same thing with this game. I wish I would have done this sooner, but oh well.

Progress thus far…

Where I’m At: Just entered the Dead Trenches (it lives up to its name)
What I Just Did: Fought a bunch of creepy-freaking giant spiders to get to a journal. *shudders*
What I’m Doing: Searching for a missing Paragon, in what appears to be darkspawn grand central, all to resolve a ‘minor’ dwarf political dispute.
Grey Warden Ellen’s Level: 17 (4957/10000 until next level up)
Playtime: 39 hours 15 minutes

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That’s right! Grey Warden Ellen can mess anyone up now.

Details on what I’ve been doing…

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!! DO NOT read anything else unless you want this great game ruined… I’m serious.

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I sorta care about what you want, my dorky knight man!

On my first impressions post, I mentioned I was heading off to the underground dwarf city called Orzammar, where I need to use the last Grey Warden treaty. I was so excited to FINALLY get a pinch of ash from the Urn of Sacred Ashes, that I forgot I needed to use them to cure Arl Eamon, so I did that first! Good news – it worked so he’s alive and well. I also took pity on Jowan, the Blood Mage responsible for poisoning him in the first place, under direction of that king wannabe Loghain. Earlier, I used Jowan to enter the Fade and exercise a demon from Connor. Because of this, I was able to easily convince Eamon to send Jowan to the Circle of Magi, instead of executing him. See, I’m a nice person! It seems there’s talk of my man Alistair becoming king, and there’s a Landsmeet thing I need to go to in Denerim. But first, I need to get some dwarves on my side!

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Welcome to Orzammar! Don’t mind the political bloodbath…

After a minor disagreement with Loghain’s men at the gate (they’re dead now), I went to Orzammar for the first time (and then the second-first time after my game crashed.. sigh). It immediately reminded me of Ironforge from World of Warcraft (I can NEVER go back to that game). The dwarves here are the final group I need to recruit for my darkspawn destroying army. They have some rather serious political issues at the moment, and they selfishly refuse to consider my needs until they have a new king. Their old king has died under suspicious circumstances, and now two nobles want his job. While they are king-less, I have no one to unleash my treaty rights on. They also have a very strict caste system, worship their ancestors as a religion, and are really intolerant of unfortunate outcasts. Normally, I don’t like getting involved in politics, but with the fate of Ferelden on the line, I had no choice but to speed the process along by taking a side.

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The Blight can wait! Childhood dreams are far more important.

But first, a little dwarf girl needed my help to fulfill her dreams. Dwarves supposedly can’t be mages, but I met Dagna, a determined girl who wants to learn about magic anyway. I love it when people chase their dreams! I dropped everything and personally went to the Circle of Magi tower on her behalf. Since I destroyed their demon problem earlier, it was an easy sell, and Dagna was accepted as a student.

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You respect me, I respect you. We’re cool now, dude!

Oh and I decided to track down Sten’s stolen sword while I was out. And you know what, I don’t hate him anymore since he doesn’t hate me anymore. I’m still not going to use him much because my Grey Warden rocks the whole two-handed weapon user thing.

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Back underground, Leliana mentioned she likes Nugs, cute little squeaky vermin things, so I bribed a dwarf dude to go find a cool one for her. She loved it too! I’m such a great friend, eh?

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Grey Warden Ellen is such a champion!

After talking to the city’s distraught dwarf citizens, I went with who I thought was the more benevolent choice for their new king – Lord Harrowmont. This resulted in me conquering an arena style event called the Proving (which was fortunately nothing like Aloy’s event of the same name in Horizon Zero Dawn), dealing with some tough criminals (wow those tunnels took a LONG time to get through), and then getting sent into a scary darkspawn-filled place called the Deep Roads in search of the missing Paragon Branka. Her influence can help sway the dwarves to pick Harrowmont as king, if she’s still alive that is.

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I immediately bribed him to max approval rating with gifts and alcohol.

I picked up a new party member on my way into the Deep Roads, Oghren. I haven’t had a chance to chat with him in camp yet, but he seems like a decent dwarf. He has a history with Branka so we shall see how that unfolds. I decided to give Leliana and Alistair a break from my party for this trek. Grey Warden Ellen, Oghren, Shale, and Wynne are doing a fine job so far. The Deep Roads areas are crawling with darkspawn (this is their domain after all) but I made my way to Ortan Thaig with minimal issues.

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KILL IT WITH FIRE AXE!! (and LightningShale)

This is the first time I’ve used Shale, the murderous golem, in the field too. I think he’s awesome! I equipped him with a lightning elemental crystal weapon (for no tactical reason at all) and he seems to smash things like a pro. He is also very entertaining. Apparently, some very big spiders (and an almost as creepy dwarf man) have been eating tainted darkspawn flesh and getting themselves all corrupted. I squashed the queen spider and her skittering minions to find Branka’s journal. She wrote something about having a secret message for Oghren, and said she was heading into an area called the Dead Trenches to look for a legendary anvil that can create more Golems (or something like that?). That’s my next destination!

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Judging from the big intro scene, I’m in for a fun time!

For my entire Dragon Age Origins Babblethrough series of posts: Becoming the Grey Warden > Order to Orzammar > Ah! Broodmother?! KILL IT!!! > It Should’ve Been Me… > The Brutally Betrayed Bard > Where’s the Wisecracking Witch? > Awakened > Defeated by Darkspawn > Gruesome Golems > Originated

⚡Thanks for reading!⚡

If for some odd reason you want to read more of my posts, you can find a somewhat organized (and usually up to date) archive of my ramblings… I mean, articles here!

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I'm a wannabe writer and an avid video gamer with a slight (okay, maybe extreme) Amiibo addiction. I'm from the coastal province of Nova Scotia in Canada, eh. When I'm not gaming, I have a steady job thing I have to go to. It pays for the gaming thing though. :)

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