Earlier this month, I dove into red lyrium, the mysterious idol from Dragon Age 2, and why I feel Solas purposefully tainted himself for the setup of Dragon Age four. Now, let’s dive into the importance of the Mortalitasi might have from the newest sneak peek on the highway forward in Thedas.
What’s the Mortalitasi?
First issues first, what is the Mortalitasi? The Mortalitasi is a gaggle of Nevarran mages that not solely are extremely highly effective in their very own proper, but in addition wield a big quantity of political energy in Nevarra (a location in Dragon Age’s Thedas and the house to Inquisition’s Cassandra) as properly. Typically known as “Dying Mages,” this line that was divined from royal blood is extremely properly revered on this area, although the remainder of Thedas sees this dying magic as macabre and a bit too near blood magic for consolation.
The Mortalitasi is chargeable for mummifying the Nevarran elite and their practices are rooted within the perception that when the soul crosses over into the Fade, it impacts a spirit already residing there. To assist in that displacement to provide it function, the Mortalitasi will take that displaced spirit and produce them over into our world by inserting it inside the physique of the lifeless. The aforementioned mummification course of can also be key right here, with the philosophy that mummified beings are the most secure place to carry a Fade spirit.
How do they play into Dragon Age four?
The Mortalitasi was based by the Tevinter mage Vitus Fabria and we already know that the subsequent sport will happen in Tevinter (or heart closely round it) because of the ending of each Dragon Age Inquisition and its DLC Trespasser, in addition to the setup surrounding the sport offered by the latest Mage Killer and Blue Wraith comics. (This additionally implies that we’ll very seemingly see Fenris from Dragon Age 2 once more, contemplating his function within the latter comedian)
Within the newest Dragon Age four teaser video, seen on the high of the article, there have been just a few photographs of skeletons in service in addition to figures being seen with a flaming cranium in full armor. Lots of people speculated that this is able to be raised corpses in help, however that did not make loads of sense to me because of the meatier construct of the characters seen. After nerding out for hours and hours on finish with fellow Dragon Age followers concerning the Mortalitasi basically with its Tevinter significance, I really suppose we can have a companion that could be a Mortalitasi mage. From the appears to be like of it, they’re fairly highly effective!
Dragons are an enormous a part of Dragon Age (go determine, with a reputation like that) however extra so within the comics and with Inquisition. This facet of the franchise can also be extremely related within the comedian ‘The Silent Grove’ that sees Varric, Alistair, and Isabella enterprise out to uncover one of many largest secrets and techniques within the sequence in an journey to Antiva. That comes into play with the above screenshot from the newest teaser the place we will see a determine with the glowing (what I am assuming) helmet, ripping out the attention of a fallen dragon. Dragons are revered in Tevinter and Nevarra, and these creatures play a giant function within the magic surrounding this specific line.
In Inquisition, we noticed Corypheus weild the facility of a dragon to guard his immortality. We have seen Flementh remodel herself into one, a trick that Morrigan additionally learns later within the third sport. Whereas I clearly do not know what’s going on within the above scene, it is simply idea artwork at this level, it is pretty clear that this can be a ritual given the undead servants with their providing plates awaiting the eliminated dragon components.
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Within the above closeup shot, we see the individual eradicating the components of the dragon carrying medical instruments strapped to his tunic, with higher armor graced with the typical Nevarran ornamental model of the higher class. The nearer shot additionally reveals that this does not seem like a corpse, except it was just lately lifeless and mummified, because of the construct itself of the physique. That being mentioned, mummification, once more, is a centrical focus for the Mortalitasi, so this may very well be an animated mummy, however that does not sit fairly proper both with the air of function given to every body seen with characters donning this headpiece.
The differentiation between a practising (and reside) member of the Mortalitasi and the undead can be seen when evaluating the principle physique to these of the skeleton servents. With the glowing eyes and servatile mannerisms, the excellence between the 2 kinds of figures appears purposeful in a method to present nice energy and the distinction between the dwelling and the lifeless.
Within the anthology Tevinter Nights, and once more via out the codex seen within the video games referencing Nevarra in addition to the totally different comedian sequence, the helm of the principle determine is just like the statues seen in glorified tombs within the space. The tombs of mummified royalty have an amazing place of respect and significance inside Nevarran tradition, which leads me to suppose that the above (ceremonial ?) armor is an indicator that that is somebody of very excessive rating and/or a resurrected mummy of one of many historic elves. The final half is a little bit of a stretch, however that tiny thread may be traced again to Solas’ interplay in Trespasser that I talked about in this previous piece.
As for why the helmet is glowing if the glowing eyes of the skeletons signifies possession, that ties into the speculation that this individual is both very excessive in rank or a vital individual introduced again from the Fade. My intestine is telling me the previous, I feel it is a show of energy. It may even be a Wynn/Anders scenario the place a strong mage is aided by a specific spirit of significance. Whereas not one other Justice scenario (hopefully), the attainable Mortalitasi mage may very well be harnessing an excellent larger energy via this specific model of magic.
As talked about earlier, I feel this individual will probably be a companion attributable to a shot that comes later within the video with them strolling alongside an even bigger group. This group has been seen all through the newest teaser (do not even get me began on the truth that Isabella appears to be like to be returning as a result of that’s DEFINITELY her armor in Inquisition’s MP part, in addition to Zevran), and it is an organized formation. Whereas the one on the far proper and the picture above it won’t be the identical individual — they definitely have totally different builds — the identical magic is prevalent with the glowing helm. The one query with that is: the place is the individual on the far proper’s mage workers?
It is going to be fascinating to see a few of these features of Thedasion tradition come into the highlight after being within the background for thus lengthy. Cassandra’s inclusion in Inquisition definitely set the stage for Nevarra, with Fenris, Dorian, and Maevris (seen within the Silent Grove comedian, a Tevinter magistress associated to Varric by marriage) bringing in Workforce Not Blood Mages From Tevinter.
Dragon Age has among the most intricate lore in gaming (be aware that I am not saying essentially the most) and BioWare has accomplished a reasonably phenomenal job at fleshing that already difficult world-building expertise via the increasing books and comics in a manner that drastically enriches the video games themselves with out forcing followers to take pleasure in them to know the larger image. To see all of these webs coelesce into the subsequent step within the video games has me extremely excited, particularly when wanting on the dramatic shift teased on the ending of Dragon Age Inquisition with the crowning of a brand new Divine.
What do you concentrate on the Mortalitasi and their function in Dragon Age 4? What different theories do you might have? Pontificate within the remark part beneath!
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