What Are the Origins of the Qunari Race? [Spoilers]

The actual title is not a spoiler because while the question is raised in the game, it’s raised as a side note and never fully explored. However, the context will have spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition, so here we go.

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Qunari_DA2As you fight Corypheus in the last battle as a Qunari, he will mention that the Qunari race is a “mistake.” This, compounded with the fact that the Qunari have not heard back from their homelands, has led many to believe that there is something more going on with the Qunari than we realize.

Here are a few things that we do know:

  • The Qunari showed up on the shores of known Thedas a few hundred years ago.
  • They immediately began waging war and nearly took over most of Thedas.
  • They were, however, eventually pushed back to Par Vollen.
  • Contact is intermittent with the homeland and it’s suspected there has been no contact for some time.
  • Qunari come from the kossith, but it’s unknown in the DA world who or what the kossith were.
  • We know that in ancient times, kossith landed in Korcari wilds and were turned into the first darkspawn.
  • These darkspawn became the first ogres.
  • Tamassrans in Qunari society control breeding through a selective program.
  • Qunari very strictly follow the Qun.
  • Qunari are naturally incredibly violent.
  • Iron Bull will comment that he secretly believes–and that it’s an over the top “tin foil hat” kind of rumor–that dragon’s blood has been mixed in with the Qunari by the tamassarins.
  • It’s worth it to note that Qunari horns have been redesigned to look more “dragon-like” in the most recent game.
  • Iron Bull mentions that the dragon seemed to “call” to him. This could be indicative of a connection to the dragon, but it could also be a connection to the blight. We know that the old gods, in dragon form, will “sing” to the darkspawn to call them.

Given this, it’s possible to guess at a few things. The Qunari may be a naturally blighted race; they may be kossith who were tainted but not enough to lose their own will.

The Qunari may also be an artificial race, in a sense. The strictly controlled breeding could be hiding some form of medical or magical procedure that transforms them into what they are now.

Qunari may also be, indeed, somewhat dragon-y. We know dragons are related to old gods and the blight but we aren’t certain to what extent.

The Qun given to the Qunari may have been developed by them to ensure that they do not give into the violence. The natural propensity the Qunari have for violence may very well be because of the blight or dragon’s blood.

Jenna Inouye
JKCI is a tech and gaming writer with a passion for antique crystal doorknobs. She also loves talking about games with other people. Add her on twitter or contact her directly.

Jenna Inouye

JKCI is a tech and gaming writer with a passion for antique crystal doorknobs. She also loves talking about games with other people. Add her on twitter or contact her directly.

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