Earlier this month, I dove into red lyrium, the mysterious idol from Dragon Age 2, and why I believe Solas purposefully tainted himself for the setup of Dragon Age 4. Now, let’s dive into the importance of the Mortalitasi could 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 additionally wield a big quantity of political energy in Nevarra (a location in Dragon Age’s Thedas and the house to Inquisition’s Cassandra) as nicely. Usually known as “Dying Mages,” this line that was divined from royal blood is extremely nicely revered on this area, although the remainder of Thedas sees this demise magic as macabre and just a little too near blood magic for consolation.
The Mortalitasi is answerable 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 help in that displacement to provide it function, the Mortalitasi will take that displaced spirit and convey them over into our world by putting 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 4?
The Mortalitasi was based by the Tevinter mage Vitus Fabria and we already know that the following 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 current Mage Killer and Blue Wraith comics. (This additionally implies that we’ll very possible see Fenris from Dragon Age 2 once more, contemplating his function within the latter comedian)
Within the newest Dragon Age 4 teaser video, seen on the prime 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 might be raised corpses in help, however that did not make a number 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 on the whole with its Tevinter significance, I really suppose we could have a companion that may be a Mortalitasi mage. From the seems 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 side 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 most recent teaser the place we are able to 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 ability 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 particular person eradicating the components of the dragon sporting medical instruments strapped to his tunic, with higher armor graced with the common Nevarran ornamental model of the higher class. The nearer shot additionally reveals that this does not appear to be a corpse, until it was not too long ago lifeless and mummified, because of the construct itself of the physique. That being stated, 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 training (and stay) member of the Mortalitasi and the undead may also 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 varieties of figures appears purposeful in a technique 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 much like the statues seen in glorified tombs within the space. The tombs of mummified royalty have an incredible 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 historical elves. The final half is a little bit of a stretch, however that tiny thread will 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 particular person is both very excessive in rank or an important particular person introduced again from the Fade. My intestine is telling me the previous, I believe it is a show of energy. It might even be a Wynn/Anders state of affairs the place a robust mage is aided by a specific spirit of significance. Whereas not one other Justice state of affairs (hopefully), the potential Mortalitasi mage may very well be harnessing a good greater energy via this specific model of magic.
As talked about earlier, I believe this particular person will likely 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 seems to be returning as a result of that’s DEFINITELY her armor in Inquisition’s MP element, 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 particular person — they actually have totally different builds — the identical magic is prevalent with the glowing helm. The one query with that is: the place is the particular person on the far proper’s mage employees?
It is going to be fascinating to see a few of these points of Thedasion tradition come into the highlight after being within the background for thus lengthy. Cassandra’s inclusion in Inquisition actually 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 Crew Not Blood Mages From Tevinter.
Dragon Age has a few of the most intricate lore in gaming (observe that I am not saying essentially the most) and BioWare has executed a reasonably phenomenal job at fleshing that already sophisticated world-building expertise via the increasing books and comics in a means that enormously 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 following step within the video games has me extremely excited, particularly when trying on the dramatic shift teased on the ending of Dragon Age Inquisition with the crowning of a brand new Divine.
What do you consider the Mortalitasi and their function in Dragon Age 4? What different theories do you’ve got? Pontificate within the remark part under!
An enormous due to Tumblr consumer ‘Age of Dragon‘ as nicely, an account a good friend I used to be talking with about this referred me to with an analogous evaluation.