Post by kalreegar on Sept 3, 2018 11:24:33 GMT
I decided to do a final playthrough, with my canon warden, Garlan Cousland.
Only One Life: if I were dead, it would have been game over. Difficulty: hard.
A lot of tension, it was unforgettable. In the end I managed, yesterday I defeated the archdemon, and I want to share with you the highlights: D
Garlan Cousland: skilled, spoiled, vain, relentless on enemies, a fervent believer, eager for battle. A self-centered and violent personality, but "softened" by principles of knightly honor.
Warrior, sword-and-shield, makes good use of bombs and poisons. Extremely difficult to break down (very high constitution, regenerative objects).
He is often the one to kill the bosses or to save the day alone, glorious against the High Dragon of Haven, the Brood Mother, Ser Cauthrien (legendary duel, 1vs 1, with all the others down, with final decapitation of cauthrien) and the the Archdemon. A sort of Loras Tyrell from A song of ice and fire (books, not tv series), a little more mature and heterosexual
He did not hesitate to kill Connor to solve the Redcliffe crisis safely, he killed Zevran after the ambush, executed Avernus and Jovan for their crimes. But he also knows how to be compassionate and charitable.
The main choices
Redcliffe saved - Connor killed
Peace between elves and werewolves, curse broken
Mage tower crisis resolved by saving the mages
Urn of sacred ashes preserved and revealed
Branka killed, anvil destroyed , Bhelen king
The warden convinced Anora to marry Alistair; than let Alistair exectute Loghain, and put Alistar on the throne alone, beating Anora at her own game. With his friend as King guided Ferelden armies in the final battle.
Rejected Morrigan ritual, and let Alistair kill the archdemon. Anora recognizes him as a prince consort, but the warden decided to continue serving in the gray wardens, although he would be tempted to follow Sten in the far north.
Relationship with companions and performance evaluation
Mabari (named Red): loyal friend from the beginning, Always good to have side by side. After Ostagar he takes part in the expedition to Brecilian, in the destruction of karta (he is the one who kills Jarvia) the Enclave and the battle of Redcliffe. It does lot of damages, it is rare for him to fall in battle… reliable. Decisive against Zathrian. Highlights: Caladrius, defeated, is mauled by the mabari.
VOTE: 8.5. Kill count: 236
Alistar: great friendship, the final sacrifice of Alistair is surely the most touching moment of the entire game. Often present in important missions (redcliffe, tower of wizards, haven, arle howe, enclave). Solid and effective in combat, even if it is the poor version of the Warden. It is he who kills Gaxykang (besides beheading Loghain and deliveringthe final blow to the Archdemon). A legend.
VOTE: 9 Kill count: 220
Morrigan: ambiguous relationship. Morrigan is fond of the Warden, but Warden despises he usually doesn't care as a person. He rejected the ritual, and take the flemeth grimoire peacefully, lying to Morrigan (despite being an abomination, flemeth has saved the warden from Ostgagar, and never threatened him: a life for a life). However, he is aware of Morrigan's fighting value: extraordinary, sublime, in the morrigan is second only to Warden as number of kills and damage. The only drawback: no significant victim, except perhaps Kolgrim. Participates in all major missions, apart from Redcliffe and the Enclave.
VOTE: 9.5 Kill count: 415
Sten: the Warden admires Sten charisma. Sten's approval is important for the Warden, despite the fact that he usually does not care what people think of him. In Stan takes part in Redcliffe, Brecilian, the destruction of Karta, various secondary missions, and he does a decent work, despite falling a little too often. However, it does considerable damage. Curiously, it seems to be particularly effective against mage enemies , as it breaks down, among others, the arcane horror of brecilian, the the blood mage leader of denerim (cathartic decapitation after very very hard and Dangerous dungeon). He accompanies Warden in the final battle against the archdemon, along with Alistair and Wynne, where he behaves very well.
VOTE: 8.5 Kill count: 277
Leliana: sexy, intriguing, beautiful, the Warden wants her and manage to romance her. Does he really love her? Maybe yes. But after the warden proposed to Anora as consort prince, something breaks between the two. Leliana takes part in Redcliffe crisis and in some secondary missions, but in general she is little used. Bad performances, she cannot nake the difference.
Her contribution was inadequate. However, during Redcliffe battle she redeemed herself: as last party member still staning, with a skillful combination of bombs, strategic retreat and fatal blows, she manages to break down two ogres, a genlock emissary and numerous archers, saving the day. She also stands out during the defense of the gates of Denerim.
VOTE: 6 Kill count: 93
Wynne: the Warden respects Wynne, even if he finds her extremely boring and petualant. She takes part in haven, deep roads, and the entire final phase of the game from the landsmeet onwards. She is really decisive and essential for a solid party. Save miraculously save the day in the maleficar hideout in denerim. First clash, everybody down. But wynne, with bombs and healing, survived. Amazing, the most most risky moment of the whole game. She curiously has an excellent palmares of killed enemies, including Sloth, Mastro Ignacio, and Marjolene.
VOTE: 9.5 Kill count: 212
Oghren: Amazing characther, the Warden loves him. Having a chat with Oghren it's Always fun. Oghren partecipats only in the (long) expedition in the deep roads, where he well enough, killing the fade beast among the others. Leader of the defense forces at the gates of denerim during the final battle.
VOTE: 7 Kill count: 70
Zevran: executed on the spot after the ambush. You try to kill me? I kill you. No exceptions.
Shale: reactivated but not recruited. The Warden is skeptical towards magic, and is was reluctant to carry around a potentially broken artifact. But he does not have anything against Shale so he simply lets her go
Loghain: The warden recognizes his charisma, and partly respects his as enemy. But he is a traitor, and thus cannot be spared. He is executed by Alistar after the duel against the Warden.