Qunari Appreciation Station Relocation Jan 7, 2019 17:17:18 GMT
Post by gervaise21 on Jan 7, 2019 17:17:18 GMT
By valid, I was not meaning as perceived by an outsider but in terms of the people themselves. Your Inquisitor can even sound sceptical when shown the Avvar gods and say something about them being spirits and the Augurs response is to the effect that of course they are spirits. For it to equate to what they did to the Dalish, the Avvar would have to think their gods were more than spirits and then some ancient Avvar pops up and says that they were nothing more than spirits and by the way some of them weren't as benign as you seem to think they were. During Jaws of Hakkon you do not discover or do anything that undermines their belief system. They know that some of their gods are badass and others more helpful and benign. If the god's mortal vessel is killed then they know it is their belief that will ultimately allow it to return.
Whereas by the end of Trespasser a Lavellan Inquisitor could be forgiven for feeling their entire belief system has been shot to pieces. It was bad enough after the Temple of Mythal but all we knew then was that Mythal had been murdered and not by the Dread Wolf, plus Tevinter wasn't responsible for the fall of the Elven Empire. Trespasser keeps ramming home the idea that they were nothing more than corrupt mage tyrants and by the time the effects of the Veil had happened and then the elven civil war it is surprising there was enough left for Tevinter to conquer at all.
Of course you can argue that a Dalish with faith can simply ignore all these revelations, just as the Andrastrians do whenever you discover something that runs contrary to what they believe but I can't do that. Having faith was when they only had their legends to believe in and nothing could be proven or disproven because it was too far in the past. You could have faith in the character and moral codes ascribed to the gods because there was nothing to contradict it. However, my Lavellans were contemptuous of the way everything they discovered about what really happened to them was conveniently ignored for the sake of the faith of the ordinary people and political expediency of continuing to promote them as the Herald of Andraste, so if they felt that way about the Andrastrian religion they would be hypocritical to ignore the evidence that mounted up against their own "gods".
At least the Avvar have certainty about their religion, although the way the writers seem to view the application of faith apparently the Avvar have none because they know who their gods are.