Post by nikkolas on Aug 12, 2016 7:20:01 GMT
So we have a few threads for companions which is only natural but these games are great for all the characters, even the minor ones. One minor character I've loved ever since I firs tplayed Origins was the late King Cailan. While not a victim of quite as much hate as major characters like Anders or Sera, he also gets a really unfair reputation in the fandom.
To listen to people talk online, you would think he was a drooling oaf who, when you first met him, was dancing around naked shouting for darkspwn to come fight him. Yes, he was self-assured and confident but you can even bring up this point to Wynne at Ostagar and she says:
"The king mus talways seem confident. His behavior affects the troops' morale."
We might be invincible player characters but for the poor mooks standing there, facing down a horde of pure evil, knowing you are all that stands between them and the absolut edestruction of your loved ones, your country and everything else you might hold dear? I think these guys need something...someone to give them heart and courage. Cailan did that. We know he specifically spent mos tof his time at Ostagar with his troops, in fact.
But in spite of all his bravado, Cailan was no fool. This is why I can never think of him as the blithering idiot so many others do. He is the main reason Ferelden wasn't destroyed. Anora tells us that Cailan was well aware of who Alistair was and guess who specifically ordered Alistair away from the battlefield, to a location he thought would be safe? That's right, it was Cailan. If no tfor Cailan, the Theirlin bloodline would have ended there, every last Ferelden Warden would be dead and Ferelden itself would be swallowed up by the Blight. But you see, he's the dope here while Loghain is the genius....
But getting away from matters of the mind, I first fell in love with Cailan because of the kind of man he was. Genius or buffoon, he was a good man. No matter your origin, he always treats you with the utmost respect and courtesy. Even on my second run where I played a human-hating (and rather evil) City Elf who mouthed off to him, and Duncan reprimanded me, Cailan brushed off the insult. He was genuinely shocked and horrified by the kinds of atrocities that went on in the alienage. I hear he also vows to punish Howe for what he did in the Human Noble origin.
Also, while Duncan's opening narration and random NPC comments make it clear most people couldn't care less about the Grey Wardens unless darkspawn are currently in the processing of knocking down your door, Cailan volunteered everything he had for this noble cause. Gloryhound or not, he did the right thing by supporting the Wardens and he did it all on his own. Nobody needed to shove ancient treaties in his face or do him a bunch of favors to get him off his ass.
So....yeah. Not a pivotal character in the history of Thedas but I think he was a highly likable one. He was young, inexperienced, felt he had a huge chip on his shoulder to live up to his father's legacy but in spite of his "soft" upbringing, he was a good and valiant man who might have gotten more practical with time and wisdom. He is Alistair's brother after all and we all know Al is smarter and more capable than he lets on.
What do you all think?
What do you do with his body in Return to Ostagar? The "throw it to the wolves" option almost makes me mor esick than jus tleaving it there. The fact Loghain supports this is jus textremely petty. The dude is dead, get over it. The least we can do is give him a proper funeral.