Earlier this month, I dove into pink 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 might have from the latest sneak peek on the street 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 effectively. Typically referred to as “Demise Mages,” this line that was divined from royal blood is extremely effectively revered on this area, although the remainder of Thedas sees this demise magic as macabre and slightly 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 offer it function, the Mortalitasi will take that displaced spirit and produce them over into our world by putting it inside the physique of the useless. The aforementioned mummification course of can 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 subsequent recreation will happen in Tevinter (or middle 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 signifies that we’ll very doubtless see Fenris from Dragon Age 2 once more, contemplating his position within the latter comedian)
Within the newest Dragon Age Four teaser video, seen on the high of the article, there have been a couple of pictures 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 support, however that did not make a variety 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 in regards to the Mortalitasi on the whole with its Tevinter significance, I truly assume we may have a companion that may be a Mortalitasi mage. From the seems to be 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 be extremely related within the comedian ‘The Silent Grove’ that sees Varric, Alistair, and Isabella enterprise out to uncover one of many greatest secrets and techniques within the collection 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 an enormous position 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 recreation. 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 it is 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 traditional Nevarran ornamental fashion of the higher class. The nearer shot additionally exhibits that this does not seem like a corpse, except it was lately useless 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 could possibly 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 working towards (and reside) 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 forms of figures appears purposeful in a approach to present nice energy and the distinction between the dwelling and the useless.
Within the anthology Tevinter Nights, and once more by out the codex seen within the video games referencing Nevarra in addition to the completely different comedian collection, the helm of the principle determine is just like the statues seen in glorified tombs within the space. The tombs of mummified royalty have a fantastic place of respect and significance inside Nevarran tradition, which leads me to assume 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 on this earlier 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 an important individual 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 could possibly be harnessing an excellent larger energy by this specific model of magic.
As talked about earlier, I believe this individual can be a companion as a result of a shot that comes later within the video with them strolling alongside an even bigger group. This group has been seen all through the latest teaser (do not even get me began on the truth that Isabella seems to be 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 individual — they actually have completely 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?
Will probably be fascinating to see a few of these features of Thedasion tradition come into the highlight after being within the background for therefore 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 Workforce Not Blood Mages From Tevinter.
Dragon Age has a number of the most intricate lore in gaming (word that I am not saying probably the most) and BioWare has accomplished a fairly phenomenal job at fleshing that already sophisticated world-building expertise by the increasing books and comics in a approach that drastically enriches the video games themselves with out forcing followers to get pleasure from 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 trying 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 position in Dragon Age 4? What different theories do you’ve? Hold forth within the remark part beneath!
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