User Libito on Reddit was mining through the game’s resources and discovered a confirmation of fan speculation on Dragon Age Inquisition’s ending!
Heavy spoilers to follow.
The designer’s notes read as follows:
“In this game, Flemeth’s story comes to a head — she knew that Solas would summon her, and that he would need to steal her power to further his plans. She knew that because they are both elven gods…yet Solas has slept for a thousand years and his power dwindled, while she was killed long ago and a spark escaped from her into the body she now holds. She has nurtured that spark, and knew that Solas would need it. He was once her oldest friend, but she knows in his drive to save the elven people he will kill anyone — even her. She intends to let him have the power, so long as she can pass the essence of her god-hood onto Morrigan, a gift Flemeth had always planned for her daughter yet one Morrigan misunderstood as hostile possession.”
Note that it states that Flemeth’s story comes to a head not necessarily an end. But it also confirms a few things that people disagreed on. Solas did kill her and intended to kill her, which is a bit dark for our little elven hobo. And Flemeth really wasn’t evil! Well, too evil. She wasn’t too evil. We will probably see where Solas and Morrigan’s fates go in the next game…
Some lingering questions:
– How can Flemythal give her power to Solas and Morrigan?
She doesn’t. She gives Solas her raw power and Morrigan her “godhood.” Godhood is a nebulous concept at this point, but it appears to be something entirely distinct. Solas isn’t interested in her Godhood because he’s already a God; he doesn’t need it.
– When does Flemythal give her power to Morrigan?
She hands it off to her through the Eluvian just before Solas appears. We know that at least one of the Eluvians leads to an area around Morrigan, depending on when exactly this occurs.
– Why the hell didn’t Flemythal just TELL MORRIGAN THE TRUTH?
It was probably easier for her this way. Technically, this still all worked out exactly how Flemeth planned it: with her Godhood going to Morrigan. The only thing that Flemeth telling her the truth would have changed is their relationship, and that might not have necessarily been important at the time. Flemeth may have even wanted Morrigan to harden up and go out into the world alone. That’s not to say she doesn’t certainly regret some aspects of it (Flemeth winces when Morrigan calls her a bad mother) but it isn’t necessarily a plot hole.
– Exactly HOW confirmed is this?
Pretty confirmed. It’s in the actual notes in the actual game files. Mind you, since it’s not in the game itself it could be rewritten. But it shows the intent of the designers when they wrote, designed and released the game. They could change it in the future, but this is definitely how it stands now.
– Anything else?
The same wonderful and amazing user also discovered a few unique things: the orb is described as Mythal’s orb, not Solas’, which is interesting (and perhaps something that was changed during design, as Mythal definitely refers to it as Solas’ orb), and that Solas was intended to be speaking ancient Elven during his personal quest, which is odd because the elf Inquisitor can understand him. So these two things do show that things can change during design… unless they go even deeper.