We all know by now that one of our favorite games is, without a doubt, Dragon Age: Origins. Amazingly complex, deep characters abound in this RPG, making it a thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable journey for players. And these deep characters might be even more complex than we first thought. Let me just throw this out there –
Okay, so this one is pretty obvious – but might be hotly debated. And honestly, I’m in the same boat. I would be the first to say Alistair is completely in love with my character – and my character only. Morrigan is further from his mind than north is to south. But I’m here to play devil’s advocate. So as much as I want to deny it, based on my full-on love for Alistair, but I can’t help seeing how this could be true.
Let’s start with the more general evidence. Alistair and Morrigan are constantly bickering, with Morrigan heavily teasing Alistair. This sort of behavior is akin to the playground mentality of hitting the girl you actually like. (…except it’s Morrigan doing the beating on Alistair) This bickering is what we call sexual tension. You can practically create lightning from the electricity flowing between them.
In fact, I’m half convinced that’s how Morrigan has any powers at all.
Secondly, the dark ritual. UGH. I think all the female gamers shudder at the mere utterance of that phrase. So, would any guy who truly had saved himself for his first time to be with someone he really loved agree to this? Um, no. “Raised in the Chantry”, he says…it ‘goes against his morals’ to tent without him knowing it’s true love. Trying to get him in the sack with you is time-consuming. You practically have to beg this guy to do it with you. You have to gently work him up to the idea. And yet, it takes all of one minute to convince him to sleep with Morrigan. Granted, this act saves your life and his, but still. Recall that he supposedly ‘loathes’ this woman. Yet you basically just have to ask him please and he’s prancing into the room with Morrigan, kicking you out and locking the door. Yes, he argues a little to save face and make himself look good, but he practically drooling at the thought.
The fact that the dark ritual is NEVER discussed afterwards between your character and Alistair is also incredibly suspicious. I’ve touched on this before (in my letter to BioWare, I got a little sidetracking with horrible memories of the dark ritual event), but I need to say it again. Wouldn’t Alistair say something to reassure you that being with Morrigan was awful, he hated it, he never wants to see her again, etc., etc.? But no, there’s none of that. Never even mentioned in passing. Which brings me to my next point.
Any real female is going to ask about it. There’s no way she wouldn’t – unless she already knows the truth. The female playable character actually already knows the truth, which is that Alistair has a crush on Morrigan. She doesn’t ask because she can’t bear to hear Alistair say that he loved every minute of being with Morrigan. She’d rather go on without that acknowledgment. Like the army says – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Your character also hints at realizing the truth in the conversation with Alistair to ‘convince’ him to sleep with Morrigan. One of the options for you to respond is to say “Your wildest dreams have come true: sex with Morrigan”. Why would this even be an option unless there was some slight truth in this?!
And finally, at the very end of the game, Alistair asks about Morrigan leaving. When he’s speaking, you can hear a touch of longing in his voice. He’s sad to see her go, and this is a reflection of his sorrow. “Oh, Morrigan and I just had sex…and I might love her…and she just ran off with my baby…do you think I’ll – I mean we – will ever see her again?”
Honestly, I hate thinking of this as a possibility. I want Alistair to be 100% devoted to my character. I think I’ll just try to forget that I ever wrote this…
By the way – BioWare, I never heard back about the life sized, anatomically correct, preferrably talking statue of Alistair, or the DVD of new Alistair scenes. Do I need to send you my address first? Thanks. Still kisses to all of you BioWare-ians.